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Shared Print Monograph Retentions in North America

Since 2013, 173 academic libraries spanning eighteen U.S. states and five Canadian provinces have made formal retention commitments using SCS tools and services. These institutions have collectively identified 8.9 million distinct editions (titles), representing 22.9 million print holdings, for long-term retention.

See our newly released monograph shared print map, which allows you to explore these retentions by location and by program. Or scroll down to the bottom and search by them title.

 

SCS Monographs Index

These numbers are based on 251 US academic libraries and over 113 million holdings. They include research libraries, state universities, 4-year colleges, and a handful of community colleges.

Collection measure - US Academic Libraries  Average value High value Low value
Monographs Count 436,571 3,297,093 417
Titles held by 100+ U.S. libraries—same edition 72% 94% 11%
Titles held by 5 or fewer U.S. libraries—any edition 2% 27% 0%
Held in Hathi Trust with In Copyright status 41% 56% 0%
Held in Hathi Trust with Public Domain status 6% 14% 0%
Titles with Zero Recorded Uses 43% 100% 9%
Titles with 1 to 3 Recorded Uses 32% 54% 0%
Titles with 4+ Recorded Uses 26% 65% 0%
Publication year more than 10 years old (at time of extract) 88% 100% 61%
Possible Duplicates 9% 43% 0%

 

The following numbers are based on 14 Canadian academic libraries and 14 million holdings.

Collection measure - Canadian Academic Libraries Average value High value Low value
Monographs Count 956,059 2,110,657 164,044
Titles held by 10+ Canadian libraries—same edition 55% 78% 9%
Titles held by 2 or fewer Canadian libraries—any edition 8% 20% 2%
Held in Hathi Trust with In Copyright status 35% 41% 18%
Held in Hathi Trust with Public Domain status 3% 6% 1%
Titles with Zero Recorded Uses 31% 45% 16%
Titles with 1 to 3 Recorded Uses 29% 48% 18%
Titles with 4+ Recorded Uses 40% 56% 23%
Publication year more than 10 years old (at time of extract) 87% 93% 83%
Possible Duplicates 15% 23% 6%

Updated: July 2018

Other resources

Sustainable Collection Services provides tools and services to help manage, share, archive or remove monographs to transform valuable library space. GreenGlass is a purpose-built, interactive application that allows you to explore your print collection.