We are a small, mostly undergraduate liberal arts college, too, with just under 3,000 FTE. We have managed to whittle down our print subscriptions to about 300. We have several thousand subscriptions total. About three years ago, we stopped keeping track of current print journal issue use. We still keep track of bound journal use because that’s automated through our regular discharge process (it generates what are called browse stats in our ILS).

We display the current issue of ten or so current interest-type journals/magazines in our café with the rest available on shelving in our reading room, which shares space with our reference collection. (Our bound journals are shelved elsewhere.) My sense is that our users are quite fond of our periodical reading room space and much of our current print journal collection is still used significantly.


Steve Oberg
Assistant Professor of Library Science
Electronic Resources and Serials
Wheaton College (IL)
+1 (630) 752-5852

NASIG Executive Board Member-At-Large
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