Library Facts



As part of the University of California, UC Merced Library shares resources with other campuses and has developed much of its electronic collection in conjunction with the California Digital Library (CDL).

  • Approximately 70,000 online journals.
  • 635 databases.
  • 120,000 books.
  • 3,965,000 online books (including 3,150,000 HathiTrust full-text books).
  • Course readings (known as Supplemental Course Resources) are available electronically.
  • All resources are interfiled.
  • Access to 36+ million items in the UC system.


  • 180,000 sq. ft.
  • Seating capacity of 1100.
  • 17 group meeting rooms.
  • The McFadden-Willis Reading Room as dedicated study space.
  • KL371 and The Gonella Discovery Room (KL260) for library instruction.


  • 48 laptops for instruction.
  • 10 public workstations that visitors can use to access library information online.
  • 2 high resolution book scanners.
  • Search the Melvyl catalog and use the Request button to ILL materials from other UC campuses.

Instruction (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014)

  • 169 classes, workshops, orientations, and presentations to UC Merced students, faculty, or staff.
  • 3,439 participants.

Interlibrary Loan Services (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014)

  • 7,121 items borrowed for students, faculty and staff.
  • 5,836 items loaned to other libraries.


  • Open 94.5 hours per week.


  • 5760 students.
  • 1145 faculty & staff.

Library Staff

  • 10 librarians.
  • 13 staff members.
  • 46 student assistants; working over 500 hours per week.

Construction & Design

UC Merced’s Library is located in the Leo & Dottie Kolligian Library building.

  • Executive architect – SOM (Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill), San Francisco, California.
  • Design architect – Fernau and Hartman of Berkeley, California.
  • Contractor – Swinerton Builders of San Francisco, California.

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)

The Leo & Dottie Kolligian Library has recently been awarded LEED Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Green design and construction practices result in environmental and economic benefits. For example, the building includes:

  • Installation of water conserving fixtures to save potable water by up to 30% beyond the required Energy Efficiency Standards in California (Title 24).
  • An HVAC (heating, cooling, fans & pumps) system free of CFC-based refridgerants or HCFCs to reduce ozone depletion.
  • Automatic regulation of interior lighting and HVAC systems to reduce energy costs by up to 47% beyond the required Energy Efficiency Standards in California (Title 24).
  • Use of buildings materials containing recycled content e.g. structural steel, insulation and carpet (up to 13.61%) and recycling of construction waste (87%).
  • Use of materials that minimize indoor air contaminants to be fully compliant with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) limits as required by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
  • Daylit areas maximized for comfortable work and study conditions and to further reduce energy costs.

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