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The UT Libraries has been ranked in the top twenty-five of all public research universities in the US, according to recently released data from a leading industry organization.

The Association of Research Libraries ranked UT Libraries twenty-fourth among public research universities—up three spots from last year. UT remains in third place among peer institutions in the Southeastern Conference.

“Though it’s always first and foremost about the journey and not where we sit in a list, these rankings are a good shorthand measure of quality and commitment as reflected in the hard work of our great staff and the university’s investment in its libraries,” said Libraries dean Steve Smith. “The UT library is a place of big ideas and big impacts, and it’s gratifying to see our efforts reflected in this key national library ranking.”

The Association of Research Libraries is comprised of 125 leading research libraries in North America. Every year it produces a ranking based on factors related to overall investment in the member libraries. The group includes public and private academic libraries in the US and Canada and entities such as the New York Public Library and the National Archives. The association ranked sixty-eight public universities this year.

The Association of Research Libraries has been collecting ranking data since 1908, though the formula used has changed over the years. UT has been a member of the association for more than fifty years.

To learn more about the Association of Research Libraries, visit the website.


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