The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Investment Index ranks the OSU Libraries (OSUL) fifth among public university libraries, a jump from 12th place just one year ago.
“Our library is the physical, intellectual, and historical heart of the University,” said Ohio State President Gordon Gee. “The naming of our library system among the top five public academic libraries in the country affirms our University’s forward momentum and the tremendous dedication of our library faculty and staff.”
The rankings also place the Ohio State Libraries at #14 among all 125 ARL member libraries, up from #23 last year.
Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Director of Libraries, echoed President Gee’s sentiments.
“The ranking demonstrates we have built a cost-effective, efficient library system that is recognized by its peer institutions as one of the best in the country,” Diedrichs said. “I am thrilled that we continue to move in a positive direction that benefits the entire Ohio State community.”
Diedrichs credited the university’s support of the Libraries as a significant factor in the top five ranking.
“The ranking reflects, in part, the investment universities make in their libraries,” Diedrichs said. “We are fortunate to have received the support which has made this ranking possible.”
ARL influences the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations.
OSUL serves the university community on the main and regional campuses with a blend of physical and digital resources, unique special collections and innovative services. The Libraries are committed to providing the resources needed to support teaching, learning and research. The system includes 13 facilities on the university’s main campus and six libraries at Ohio State campuses across the state. The Libraries also include nine unique special collections for use by Ohio State University faculty, students, visiting scholars and the general public. OSUL is a member of OhioLINK, a consortium of 88 Ohio college and university libraries, and the State Library of Ohio.