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ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY


Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)

IPLAR Purposes  |  Library Performance Assessment System  |  LibPas/IPLAR Instructions

IPLAR Purposes

The collection of Illinois public library information and statistics serves these purposes: The Illinois State Library, a division of the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State, is the agency legally required by the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) to: (1) compile, preserve and publish public library statistical information [15 ILCS 320/7(m)], and (2) compile the annual report of local public libraries and library systems submitted to the State Librarian pursuant to law [15 ILCS 320/7(n)].

The State Library is a participant in the Institute of Museum and Library Services' (IMLS) Public Library Statistics Cooperative (PLSC) that requires the collection of a core set of national public library data. All fifty states are participants in the PLSC data collection, analysis, and comparison program. Public libraries are encouraged to utilize the collected data, both at the state and federal levels, to compare themselves with their peers at the regional, state, and national levels.

For Illinois public library statistical data, call 217-785-1168 or email rjones1@ilsos.net. Some statistics are also available online from the Public Libraries in the United States Survey, which is conducted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Statistics are collected from more than 9,000 public libraries. Data are available for individual public libraries and are also aggregated to state and national levels. Fiscal Year 2010 data from the Public Libraries Survey are used in the Search for Public Libraries and Compare Public Libraries data tools.

Library Performance Assessment System (LibPAS)

The Library Performance Assessment System (LibPAS) is a Counting Opinions web-based service used by library organizations to capture, consolidate, process, report and compare report Library performance metrics. LibPAS for Illinois libraries is accessible by visiting the URL provided below. Library usernames and passwords to access the system are the same as they were when using the previous system.

LibPAS Data Input and IPLAR Instructions

Please review the following instructions prior to completing your online survey. These instructions are also available on the LibPAS login screen on the web portal.