According to most recent reports for 2013, Penn State University Libraries rank eighth among North American research libraries, measured on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Investment Index Rankings for 2011–12.
The ranking system is based on dollars spent for total library expenditures, salaries and wages and library materials plus the number of professional plus support staff employees. Among the top 10 are Harvard, Yale, Toronto, Columbia, Michigan, California Berkeley, New York University, Penn State, Princeton, and Cornell.
“The recognition of the scale of our Libraries is good news for Penn State in the recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students as well as attracting and meeting the needs of top-notch faculty,” noted Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications. “It also reinforces our role as a leader in research projects with other top libraries in North America.”