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Library Statistics

Links to sites with library statistics and reports analyzing those statistics


Statistics about libraries, and reports analyzing those statistics are scattered. This is an attempt to gather links to statistics, with comments, both for the use of State Library staff and for the public.

The categories are:

Highlight: Rural Libraries in America

New Research Brief based on 2018 PLS data
The Use and Cost of Public Library Materials: Trends Before the COVID-19 Pandemic
In FY2017 IMLS made available an infographic and workbook presenting analyses of rural public library services and indicators. Files can be downloaded below or on the IMLS website.
A recent project, led by Southern Tier Library System, and funded by IMLS, also highlights the impact of rural libraries in the United States. The Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing Project used a mixed-methods approach to demonstrate the impact that rural libraries have on communities. In addition to presenting case studies, the project is also developing qualitative tools for measuring outcomes and impact.
Watch a webinar discussing the project below, or find further information and resources through the Research Institute for Public Libraries blog.

Thanks to Yana Demireva at the Maryland State Library for the Rural Libraries in America info. Maryland statistics are located here.