Stats At A Glance

Total Volume Count 1,629,179
Public Services
Reference Transactions 50,881
Typical Weekly Public Service Hours 111.5
Library Instruction
Number of Participants 13,656
Total Instruction Sessions 619
Access & Delivery Services
Total Circulation (Excluding Reserves) 75,934
Reserves Circulations 11,999
Laptop Circulations 119,823
Typical Weekly Gate Count 35,644
Interlibrary Loan: Borrowing 13,095
Interlibrary Loan: Lending 13,336

For additional data on our collections, including a five year growth synopsis, check out our collection data  from our Library Catalogers.

 resource & project data

Tech Fee Projects

From 2009 to 2012, the FIU Libraries received a total of $2,774,597.73 in Technology Fee funding to implement 22 unique technology projects. Our librarians collaborated with other FIU academic units on an additional 6 technology projects for a total of $723,079.00. These funds were invested in the following main areas: 

  • Technology enhancement in the physical learning environment, including presentation and group study rooms, collaboration zones, a technology hub, library information displays, multimedia workstations, and research and teaching labs;
  • Purchasing of electronic devices including e-Readers, laptops,FLip video cameras, iPads, GPS units, and photogrammetry workstations for public usage;
  • Purchasing of electronic materials, including Alexander Street Press streaming video files and thousands of e-books from Springer, Elsevier, and others
  • Piloting new programs, such as “roaming reference”, a video contest for First Year Experience students, and online language learning software

User Statistics

Subject specialists (reference librarians) have developed a virtual reference service environment for our students and faculty. Using social media tools and service management systems, they have developed on-line research services providing individual real time chat consultations and a 24/7 self-service research environment for 30+ different disciplines. Our devoted library faculty and staff have taught over 2,666 library research instruction sessions, reaching over 63,000 students (as of 2011), created 234 research guides (viewed 16,563 times) and responded to over 186,682 user queries.

The annual number of visits to library websites averages 1.6 million, with 550,000+ unique users. Notably, the mobile use of the website has grown from 3,090 visits in 2008 to 74,129 visits in 2012. (See table below)

Analytics Data for
Year (Aug-July) Visits (Unique Visitors) Pageviews Country Systems/OS
2008-2009 1,736,388 (556,723) 3,493,959 US, India, China, Venezuela, Jamaica Windows/PC, Mac, iPhone
2009-2010 1,536,221 (502,162) 3,204,210 US, India, China, Jamaica, Canada Windows/PC, Mac, iPhone
2010-2011 1,664,852 (603,752) 3,429,789 US, India, Iran, China, Canada Windows/PC, Mac, iPhone
2011-2012 1,554,939 (680,636) 3,411,091 US, China, Jamaica, India, Colombia Windows/PC, Mac, iPhone
2014-2015 1,418,420 (504,810) 2,822,795 US, India, China, Italy, Mexico Windows/PC, iOS, Android
Mobile + tablet Users
Year (Aug-July) Visits Systems/Devices
2008-2009 3,090 iPhone, iPod, Android
2009-2010 10,276 iPhone, Android, iPod
2010-2011 32,785 iPhone, Android, iPad
2011-2012 74,129 iPhone, Android, iPad
2014-2015 182,291 iPhone, iPad, Windows Tablet, Galaxy S5

Grants & Contracts

In the past 5 years, the FIU Libraries, in collaboration with other academic units and institutions, have secured a direct total of $1.6 million in external funding. Funding agencies included the USAID, the South Florida Water Management District, the National Park Service, the NSF, the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Broward MPO, the Palm Beach MPO, and the City of Coral Gables. The Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLoC), the City of Coral Gables Talking Book, and the Coral Gables’ Virtual History are examples of innovative applications of digital libraries and geo-spatial tools in disseminating community assets and intellectual properties. The library-based GIS Center has collaborated widely with FIU faculty on sponsored activities in the areas of Everglades restoration, vegetation monitoring, transportation and urban planning, geo-humanities, global disaster risk reduction and geo-enabled knowledge management in the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) programs. (See table below)

  Project Description Sponsor Name Begin End Funding Total
Transportation Outreach Planner MDC Miami-Dade County MPO 1/22/2008 6/29/2014 $277,880 $708,640
Integrated Transportation Info BC Broward MPO 1/1/2010 12/31/2011 $119,900
Integrated Transportation Info PBC Palm Beach MPO 5/7/2008 4/1/2012 $74,660
Bicycle Knowledge Explorer BC Broward MPO 3/26/2008 7/31/2014 $211,200
Knowledge MNGM
Digitization of Historic Photos City of Coral Gables 4/1/2009 9/30/2010 $24,000 $383,784
Coral Gables Talking Book City of Coral Gables 2/8/2010 12/31/2010 $35,000
Coral Gables Virtual History City of Coral Gables 10/1/2011 9/30/2014 $154,000
GLOWS Knowledge Management USAID 7/2/2012 6/30/2016 $67,630
Disaster Risk Reduction Training Program and KM USAID 7/2/2012 3/30/2013 $53,200
REMAP Data Portal EPA & NPS 9/4/2008 9/30/2009 $49,954
Natural Science
Disaster Risk Reduction GIS+RS Data Development USAID 7/1/2010 5/30/2013 $210,563 $438,619
Everglades Vegetation Classification Mapping SFWMD 1/23/2009 11/16/2009 $80,593
Evaluation of Vegetation Classification and Scaling SFWMD 3/23/2011 1/13/2012 $49,604
Vegetation Monitoring in NESRS National Park Service 7/1/2011 6/30/2016 $44,122
Vegetation Trends in ENP National Park Service 4/1/2012 3/30/2013 $53,737
Grand Total: $1,531,043