# Q&A: Total words in all the books in Green

Question: How many total words are there in all the books in Green Library?

Answer:

The only way to answer this question is to estimate it:

From Searchworks, we learn that we have 2,293,752 records for physical items in Green. 2,150,273 of those are books (not counting journals, conference proceedings, microforms, etc.).

From Writer's Services, we learn that 500 word/page is a standard estimate for academic books.

Our internal working estimate for number of pages per book is 300.

From these figures we get 2,150,273 x 500 x 300 = 322,540,950,000 words in the books in Green Library.

Note that the total number of words in the Green Library print collection is certainly much higher than the 322 billion words in the books alone. We have over 85,000 print journal titles in Green and each journal title represents anywhere from a few volumes/issues to over 100 volumes/issues. We also have nearly 60,000 Conference Proceedings, 18,000 Theses, and 1000 Newspaper titles in the print collection at Green.