OSU Libraries has nearly 2 million volumes. We add approximately 20,000 monographs annually and purchase approximately 34,000 current serials. Recognizing the desire of students and faculty to have 24×7 access to information, the Libraries is rapidly shifting from a print collection to a digital one. As of 2009, the Libraries provided access to more than 250 databases and 71,972 unique electronic journal titles. This increase in coverage corresponds with an increase in usage. In 2005, there were 1,852,533 searches performed in 113 databases. In 2009, usage increased to 4,083,486 searches in 225 databases. In addition to database and e-journals, the Libraries continues to add electronic books to the collection. In 2005 the number of e-books was 2,986. By 2009 the number was at 20,547 and trends support an increase in 2010. As students and faculty become more comfortable with e-books, their use increases. In 2000 over 20,547 electronic books were downloaded. These resources may be accessed remotely through the OSU Libraries homepage.
OSU Libraries is a member of the Orbis/Cascades Alliance which includes 36 Washington and Oregon universities, colleges and community colleges with total holdings of 9.2 million titles. Membership in the Alliance not only expands access to information but also provides OSU Libraries with significant ability to leverage its collection dollars, participate in innovative programs, and offer library faculty and staff developmental opportunities. Membership in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) in addition to enabling us to leverage buying power, provides opportunities to increase our digital presence through such sites as the Western Waters Digital Library. GWLA, a consortium of 32 research libraries from 17 Midwestern & Western states, also enhances our services and programs related to interlibrary loan and scholarly communication. As libraries move away from ownership to access, membership in consortia becomes a critical factor in giving our faculty and students a wide variety of information in a timely and efficient manner. Finally, consortia membership gives us the ability to provide in-depth support to those programs that are important to the University but are not within the three signature areas.