Library Statistics

The Library plays an important part in building FIT's reputation for excellence. Our unique collections and primary research materials attract scholars, journalists, manufacturers, retailers and designers from around the world. As a library specializing in fashion and its related industries, the FIT library is one of only a dozen comparable institutions in the world. 

Library Facts and Figures
as of 2017-18 Academic Year

Materials and Resources
Resource Count
Physical Books/Periodicals 161,000
Book Titles 116,000
E-Books 7,500
Active Print Journal Subscriptions 450
Databases 157
Digital Images (FITDIL) 115,000
Forecast & Trend Resources (digital and print) 12
Audiovisual Materials 18,000
Library Services: Circulation and Interlibrary Loan
Type Count
Total Circulation Transactions  26,200
Reserve Transactions n/a
Total Interlibrary Loan Transactions 3,160
- Items Loaned to Other Libraries 1,580
- Items Borrowed from Other Libraries 1,580
Library Services: Research and Information
Type Count
Research Consultations 60
Ask the Library (virtual) 520
Research Desk Assistance (in person) 11,200
Orientations & Instructional Classes 280
Total Student Attendance 6,900
Visitors (non FIT researchers) 2,052
Library Employees
Type Count
Library Faculty (Librarians) 18
- FT Librarians / Adjunct Librarians 11 / 10
Total Library Personnel 50
Library Space (Public)
Type Count
Open Hours per Week 94
Typical Gate Count (Foot traffic) 5,350
Seats (individual pieces) 209
Study Carrels 77
Linear Feet of Shelving 45,800
Library Instruction Classrooms 3
Group Study Room 1
Quiet Study Room 2
Technology Resources: Spaces and Equipment
Type Count
One-Search - Library Online Catalog terminals 4
Photocopiers (b/w and Color) 3
Mac Workstations 48
PC Workstations 91
Student Printing: Print-release Station + Printer combo 4
Book-Scan Stations 6
Flatbed Scanners 9
ADA Equipped Workstations 2
Space: Maker-Minds Space 1

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Library Budget
Type Count
Library Resources $337,000
Personnel Services $3,206,300
Other than Personnel Services $56,500