Library impact

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Library impact


The University of Arizona Libraries are enterprising partners in advancing the University's priorities. We cultivate an environment that promotes inquiry, creative endeavor, scholarly communication and lifelong learning. Our resources, services and expertise enrich the lives of Arizonans, and contribute to an expanding global academic community.

Exploring our impact

Our librarians, staff, and students work to make the Libraries a hub for innovation. Below are key facts and figures summarizing the use of selected services, spaces, and resources for fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022).

These numbers not only provide insight into our impact on teaching, learning, and research at the University of Arizona (and our surrounding community), they also support broader discussion and decision-making.

Building a vibrant community

A librarian leading a workshop in a room with a large screen

Building visits


across all library locations

Current hours 


Room use


reservations in group, quiet, and instructional spaces

Book a room
students with dog

Study breaks


visits at Pause for Paws therapy dog events

About our study breaks


Website visits


views by 428,818 unique visitors

Explore our website

Enriching research & learning

data visualization workshop

Course based learning


students reached across 252 courses/sections

Learning at the library

library consultation

Expert help & guidance


in-depth one-on-one or small group consultations

Meet with an expert

reference desk

Research support


research questions answered in chat, email, and in-person

Chat with us

Students working on projects in the Maker Studio

Workshops & events


open workshops and events with over 1,600 attendees

Events and workshops

Empowering innovation & creativity

Tech toolshed



technology tools borrowed by students

Borrow technology

student vr headset

Virtual reality


Oculus VR station bookings

Reserve VR equipment

laser cutter room

Build & create


reservations to use laser cutters

Reserve laser cutter

green screen

Design & edit


reservations for video editing in the Green Screen Studio

Reserve Green Screen Studio

Accessing exceptional collections

book stacks

Materials held


print and electronic materials

Go to library search




print books and ebooks available

Find books and ebooks



print journals and e-journals available

Find articles and journals

streaming media



streaming media items available

Find streaming media

Four students actively discussing and working together around a table in the Data Studio

Scholarship & data


published and unpublished works by UA faculty and students

ReData and UA Repository

A sepia photograph of the Vasquez and Lopez families at a picnic with friends from Benson, Arizona

Archival & manuscript


items digitized across 4 different repositories 

Search Special Collections

Staff standing behind Ask Us desk

Interlibrary loan


materials borrowed from or loaned to other libraries

Request items from interlibrary loan


Research databases


databases with 3,143,122 items accessed

Find databases

wilbur wildcat

Borrowing technology at the Libraries

The University Libraries' Rhonda G. Tubbs Tech Toolshed is our technology lending program. University of Arizona students can borrow items such as laptops, cameras, hard drives, iPads, scientific calculators and more, for free.

Many of these items are an expensive and sometimes unanticipated financial burden particularly for first-generation and underrepresented students. Recently, the technology lending program and Think Tank were recognized as Arizona Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Consortium Evidence Based Practices.

Students have demonstrated overwhelming support for the program and its impact on their academic efforts, as documented in "Overcoming Technology Barriers for Students," authored by Access & Information Services Department Head Robyn Huff-Eibl and Technology Manager Travis Teetor, recently published in portal: Libraries and the Academy.

The Rhonda G. Tubbs Tech Toolshed and Think Tank are among many services and resources in the nine-acre Student Success District located in the center of our main campus.  

I was homeless for over a year (first 3 semesters). I did not always have access to wi-fi. I borrowed technology multiple times to help me complete and even attend class. As a nontraditional student, I also have to work and provide for my family. Having access to the wi-fi and laptop allowed me to continue engaging in my courses and studying."

— University of Arizona junior majoring in microbiology (Hispanic, first-generation student and Pell Grant recipient)

Two peer students collaborating on an assignment.

Peer Information Counselors (PIC)

The Peer Information Counseling (PIC) Program is a library initiative that supports the University’s retention efforts specifically for students from historically underrepresented groups. The PIC program is grounded in peer-based mentoring theories that state students are more comfortable seeking assistance from their peers. Peer Counselors support their peers with research skills and information about library services at appropriate venues on campus (e.g. cultural centers, Think Tank, etc.) and serve as “library ambassadors” sharing information about the library services, spaces and resources at various events across campus. 

The PICs collaborate with staff and student tutors in the C.A.T.S. Academics student athlete support program to assist student athletes in honing their research and writing skills.  During spring 2023, PICs and librarians completed 13 weeks of office hours, totaling 117 hours of embedded support.

The presence of the PICs and librarians at the Ginny L. Clements Academic Center provided 368 student athletes access to the resources and research assistance.    The staff from C.A.T.S. Academics have seen an increase in students accessing library technology, and in visiting the library. According to the library staff, personnel have truly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the tutors and students in the C.A.T.S. facility and treasure each bit of feedback (“I got an A on my paper!”) that they have received.  

Learn more about the PIC program.

student studying

Instructions, library guides, and online tutorials

We support student learning & success through a variety of opportunities that include tutorials, guides, and other online learning modulesThese can be integrated into specific courses or act as free-standing, self-mediated activities.

Some of our most popular tools include:

  1. What Types of Sources Do I Need?
  2. How Do I Give Credit to the Ideas of Others?
  3. How Do I Create a Search Strategy?

In FY22, we also offered 82 course guides and 87 subject guides, viewed a combined total of 101,849 times. In addition, there are topic, program and help guides such as Find materials by type (66,343 views) and Tutorials (14,345 views).

We work to place learning tools and resources into the campus online learning system (D2L) to help support library research within courses and provide a convenient way for students to access library provided course materials and build research skills. In FY22, we embedded library materials in 4,852 courses/sections that were viewed 82,888 times.