The American University Library, www.american.edu/library, serves the AU Community through a collection of over 1,300,000 volumes, 52,000 media and 25,000 sound recordings. Notable collections include a branch music library, a strong visual media collection, special collections across campus including those with Language, Career, and Visual Arts resources. AU Library has affiliate collections at the Washington College of Law and a partnership with the Wesley Theological Seminary. The AU Library collection totals over 125,000 journal subscriptions win all subjects. Personnel include 22 library faculty, 75 full-time staff and other professionals, and about 140 student assistants. The Library’s budget is nearly $15 million. The American University Library is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, and it holds membership in LOCKSS, SPARC, NISO, the Patriot League Libraries Group and the University Libraries Group.
The American University, an R-2 university, chartered by an act of Congress in 1891, offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, many with international focus, to over 12,000 students. Its proximity to centers of technology, politics, justice, world affairs, communication, science, business, and the arts in the Washington, D.C. area enhances the learning environment.