Data and Tools

Academic Libraries

Examine academic library research data from federal agencies, professional organizations, and state research projects.

  • Annual Statistics. View and download statistics from the federal Academic Library Survey, which covers libraries in all higher education institutions in Colorado.
  • Historical Statistics. Get quick access to historical statistics on Colorado academic libraries with this user-friendly, interactive tool from LRS.
  • National Statistics. Explore biennial academic library statistics with state data and national summaries from the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Impact Study. In 2005, in association with the Colorado Academic Library Consortium, LRS completed an impact study about how academic libraries help students learn and faculty teach.

Public Libraries

Investigate public library research data from annual surveys, original research projects, and national studies.

  • Annual Statistics. Dive into annual statistics from the Colorado Public Library Annual Report using our interactive tool, results tailored to trustees, and state totals and averages.
  • ROI Calculators. Find individual library reports, calculators, articles, and other studies related to our Colorado public library ROI study with this resource guide.
  • Mill Levy. Download an Excel document outlining current mill levies and associated revenues for library districts across Colorado.
  • National Statistics. Want to see the national picture in public library statistics? Check out these individual library and aggregated state and national data sets from IMLS.
  • Other States. Access public library statistics for states other than Colorado through these resources. Most are available on the website of each state library.

School Libraries

Explore school library research data from LRS-conducted surveys and projects, other studies, and national research.

  • School Library Profiles. Quickly capture individual school library data and comparative statistics with these School Library Profiles based on the annual School Library Survey.
  • Impact Studies. Fact: School libraries have a profound impact on students. Review extensive LRS research and other states’ studies on the topic with this exhaustive guide.
  • Annual Statistics. View and download statistics from the annual Colorado School Library Survey using our interactive tool, static files, or individual school library profiles.
  • National Statistics. Take a wider view with state and national school library statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Other States. Examine school library statistics for states other than Colorado through these resources. Most are published on state library websites.

General

Access data and statistics about general library topics, use calculators and research tools, and view field-initiated studies conducted by librarians.

  • DART Reference Tracker. Tired of tracking reference stats by hand? Try DART, a web app developed & maintained by LRS and tailored to your library’s needs.
  • Wage Calculator. Convert an hourly wage to monthly or annual or vice versa. Fill in the rate and we’ll do the rest!
  • Random Date Calculator. Generate random dates for any calendar year using this calculator produced by Library Research Service.
  • Multiple Outlet Hours Calculator. Enter a library’s hours and calculate how long the library is open each week, year, and on evenings and weekends.

POPULAR RESOURCES

  • Public Library Statistics & Profiles
    Dive into annual statistics from the Colorado Public Library Annual Report using our interactive tool, results tailored to trustees, and state totals and averages.
  • School Library Impact Studies
    School libraries have a profound impact on student achievement. Explore studies about this topic by LRS and other researchers in our comprehensive guide.
  • Fast Fact Reports
    Looking for a quick rundown of library research? Check out our Fast Facts, which highlight research and statistics about various library topics.

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LRS is part of the Colorado State Library, a unit of the Colorado Department of Education. We design and conduct library research for library and education professionals, public officials, and the media to inform practices and assessment needs. We partner with the Library and Information Science program at University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education to provide research fellowships to current MLIS students.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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