St George’s Library in Numbers: 2018

2018 was a year of change for St George’s Library. We introduced a new library management system, which underpins the circulation of library items. In the summer, we upgraded Hunter’s interface for a more intuitive search tool. Alongside these changes, we introduced automatic renewals and additional loans. This means our users can now borrow more books for longer.

As well as improving access to resources, we continued to offer support to our users. Our new Subject Library Guides provide targeted online support to students and our refreshed information skills training sessions offer face-to-face workshops on a range of topics. Our institutional open access and research data repositories have continued to expand.

It’s not just the library staff who were busy in 2018. Our users made great use of the library: there was more footfall in the library, searches in Hunter and downloads of e-resources than in 2017. The info-graphic below shows some stats from the library in 2018. Click on the link underneath to download the PDF.


We developed our collection throughout the past year. We purchased 2246 new books which were added to the library shelves. After a successful trial of JOVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) we added this resource to our subscribed databases. Library members ran 353,069 Hunter searches 2018 – that’s 29, 422* searches every single week! Well over half a million journal articles were downloaded, 691,858 to be precise, and 26,784 books were borrowed.


Footfall was high last year and 45,000* of you visited the library every month. Over 1000 new students attended library inductions at the start of the year and many more students attended further library sessions throughout the year. The NHS Liaison team conducted 88 Cares searches to support clinical activity and decision making.


St George’s Data Repository, powered by figshare, was launched in 2017. Last year, it gained 24 new public deposits and had 661* monthly views. St George’s Online Research Archive (SORA) had 2325* downloads per month and 2980 full-text items publicly available.

We’ve enjoyed looking back on 2018 but we’re also excited for what 2019 will bring. It’s not even mid-way through January and already we’ve seen the arrival of new self-service machines. These machines will make it easier to borrow multiple items – simply stack your books on top of each other and they will all be issued. As we increased the number of items that you could borrow last year, this new feature should come in handy!

*approximate average based on 2018 figures


New Year Review

The Library in Numbers: 2017

With 2018 underway, we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on the past year. Here we present a roundup of activity from the past 12 months in our New Year Review infographic. Throughout 2017 we supported NHS, SGUL and FHSCE researchers, staff and students, developed our collections and introduced exciting changes to the Library:

New Year Review

On the 4th of September the Library opened its doors for 24/7 opening hours, meaning that users could use the space whenever they needed to. In October we launched St George’s Data Repository – a digital archive where users can store, share and discover research output produced at St George’s. Just weeks before the New Year we upgraded Hunter and the library management system. This brings with it many new features, including automatic renewals.

Throughout the year the Library has been very busy. We recorded 524,522 visits in 2017 – that’s over 1437 visits on average per day! We purchased 2,388 books and e-books to add to the Library collection and you, the user, borrowed books 117,231 times.

We were also on hand to support you. As well as our host of information skills training workshops, we saw 831 new students in September for inductions and helped 542 attendees at IT training sessions.

We were also engaged with supporting NHS and University researchers. SORA, St George’s Open Access repository, has 2210 freely available full-text items and 1,823 average monthly downloads were recorded. Our librarians conducted 113 Cares searches to support research and evidence based practice. You, our users, were also busy. You downloaded 615,538 e-journal articles last year – that’s an average of over 50,000 articles every month!

Happy New Year from the team at St George’s Library.

Knoema – a free resource for statistical data

If you are looking for data and statistics to support your assignments or research then you might be interested in a website we’ve recently discovered called Knoema.

Knoema has amalgamated open data from a wide range of sources like the World Health Organisation and United Nations to create one easy to use statistical reference resource. The content is discoverable by browsing thematically, by country or by organisation as well as via keyword searches. Once you have found a set of data relevant to your search you can export graphs, information and view the data in a variety of ways. Additionally, you can choose to ‘Explore data’, which allows you to manipulate the information to create custom graphs and charts.


For those of you who are concerned about finding reliable information, the data on Knoema links back to the original source material so you can scrutinise its trustworthiness. This can also be useful when it comes to referencing the information.

Knoema is a free resource to use and has a good range of data relating to health and healthcare so worth exploring if you are looking for statistics as part of your research.

The year 2013 in numbers

After our round  up of the events that happened for the Library in 2013, we thought it would be good to kick off the New Year by having a look at what we have  accomplished in numbers during 2013


Students seen in first year inductions


CARES (literature searches) run by the Library


CPD students who have received training


People trained by our IT Trainer


Questions answered at the Research Enquiries Desk. (This does not include telling people where the buttons for the doors are).


Searches ran in Hunter since its launch (May to Dec)


Trolleys of books shelved


Books and e-books purchased


Print books borrowed


The number of biscuits eaten by Library staff.
Bunny Biscuits

We’re looking forward to what 2014 may bring…

OFFSTATS – portal for official statistics on the Web

The OFFSTATS database from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, provides access to free statistics from official sources on the Web. It provides global coverage and Web links are arranged by country, region or subject. All of the content of the database is held in the public domain.

The database can be searched by a single category, or a combination of categories.