Statistical Information for Libraries Illinois State Library
ALA Office for Research Statistics
Click on 'reports' to find the latest survey information and findings. Click on 'statistics' to find just that.
Library Research Service, Colorado Department of Education
This site has a wealth of information for libraries of all types. Explore the entire site! The planning resources at the bottom of the page under tools might be of particular interest, as might the Counting on Results project.
National Center for Education Statistics - Library Statistics Program
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) began a nation-wide library statistics program in 1989 that now includes the Academic Libraries Survey and the School Library Media Center Survey. Collections, expenditures, services, and staffing are some of the topics covered by these surveys. Effective October 1, 2007, the Public Libraries Survey was moved to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
U.S. Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. American FactFinder is especially useful, as are detailed tables.
Academic Libraries: 2012 First Look
Published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Academic Libraries: 2012 First Look summarizes services, staff, collections, and expenditures of academic libraries in 2- and 4-year, degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Academic Library Peer Comparison Tool
From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this tool allows the user to request information on a particular library, or to customize a peer group by selecting the key variables that are used to define it. The user can then view customized reports of the comparison between the library of interest and its peers, on a variety of variables as selected by the user. Since 1988, the Academic Library Survey has been a component of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and is collected on a two-year cycle. The survey collects data on the libraries in the entire universe of accredited institutions of higher education and on the libraries in non-accredited institutions with a program of four years or more.
Association of College and Research Libraries
Includes statistical summaries from over 1,300 institutions. A members-only section allows access to the complete data set.
Library Statistics Program - Academic Libraries
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collects data biennially from about 3,700 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in order to provide an overview of academic libraries nationwide and by state. See also:
Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)
The Illinois State Library is the agency legally required 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)]. In addition, all Illinois public libraries are required by statute [75 ILCS 16/30-65] to prepare an annual report to be submitted to the State Library as a condition of system membership.
Public Libraries in the United States Survey
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) collects statistics from more than 9,000 public libraries in the United State and territories. Data are available for individual public libraries and are also aggregated to state and national levels. Statistical information provided on the IMLS website includes:
Common Core of Data (CCD)
The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States.
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Data Analysis
Discover a wealth of interesting information from statewide analysis to individual school report cards.
Library Media Centers Survey (SASS)
This report presents selected findings from the library media center data files of the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS).
Library Statistics Program - Academic Libraries
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) began a nation-wide library statistics program in 1989 that now includes the Academic Libraries Survey and the School Library Media Center Survey. Collections, expenditures, services, and staffing are some of the topics covered by these surveys.
The Public School Library Media Center Questionnaire is a component of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). See also:
Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)
SASS is a nationally representative sample survey of public, private, and Bureau of Indian Education-funded (BIE) K-12 schools, principals, and teachers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The SASS survey system collects data on teacher demand and shortage, teacher and administrator characteristics, school programs, and general conditions in schools. SASS also collects data on many other topics, including principals' and teachers' perceptions of school climate and problems in their schools; teacher compensation; district hiring practices, basic characteristics of the student population, and elementary and secondary school library media centers in the United States.
State Library Administrative Agency Survey
The State Library Administrative Agency (SLAA), formerly the State Library Agency (StLA), Survey provides information about the state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The SLAA may function as the state's public library at large, providing service to the general public and state government employees. Data on SLAAs complement data collected on public, academic, and school libraries.
Special Libraries Association
While salary survey information is available to all, access to in-depth research surveys and projects are for members-only.
Library Salaries Information
Salaries for library workers vary depending on a number of factors including the type of library (i.e. public, school, academic, etc.), size of library, the region of the country, years of experience, etc.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Publications and Products Search
Many reports for all types of libraries are available.
Public Library Data Service Statistical Reports
The Public Library Data Service (PLDS) is an annual survey conducted by the Public Library Association (PLA) that captures valuable, data (voluntarily submitted annually) on staffing, operating finances, output measures, interlibrary loaning, and technology provisions, from public libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, each year's survey contains a special survey highlighting statistics on one service area or public library topic. PLA discontinued printing a paper report in 2011. For an overview of the fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016) data, see the article "The Public Library Data Service 2017 Statistical Report: Characteristics and Trends," which was published in the September/October 2017 issue of Public Libraries:
Bertot, John Carlo, McClure, Charles R., and Ryan, Joe. 2001. Statistics and Performance Measures for Public Library Networked Services. Chicago: American Library Association.
Nelson, Sandra, Altman, Ellen, and Mayo, Diane. 2000. Managing for Results: Effective Resource Allocation for Public Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association.
Nelson, Sandra. 2001. The New Plannig for Results: A Streamlined Approach. Chicago: American Library Association.
Van House, Nancy A., Lynch, Mary Jo, McClure, Charles R., Zweizig, Douglas l., and Rodger, Eleanor Jo. 1987. Output Measures for Public Libraries: A Manual of Standardized Procedures. 2nd ed. Chicago: American Library Association.