IMLS FY 1992-2012 Public Libraries Survey Trends

Resource Type
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
Free Keywords
library services; public libraries; bookmobiles; library collections; library administration
  • Abstract

    The Public Libraries Survey (PLS) examines when, where, and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. These data, supplied annually by public libraries across the country, provide information that policymakers and practitioners can use to make informed decisions about the support and strategic management of libraries.

    Purpose: The survey provides statistics on the status of public libraries in the United States.

    Coverage: The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public libraries with approximately 17,000 individual public library outlets (main libraries, branches, and bookmobiles) in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories. Content: Data includes information about library visits, circulation, size of collections, public service hours, staffing, electronic resources, operating revenues and expenditures and number of service outlets. Learn more about PLS data element definitions.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1992-01-01 / 2012-12-31
    Time Period: Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1992--Mon Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2012
Geographic Coverage
  • United States

Update Metadata: 2019-10-02 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2019-10-02