Biennial statistics on U.S. academic libraries are available from the
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Data are collected by NCES with the support of the American Library
Association, the U.S. Census Bureau's Division of Governments,
and a network of state-level Library Representatives.
The biennial NCES report on U.S. academic libraries provides data for each of the 50 states and the
District of Columbia as well as the nation as a whole. It also summarizes these data for public and
private institutions, by enrollment, degree-granting level, and Carnegie classification. Major data
categories include: outlets, staffing, expenditures, collections, electronic services, library visits
(gate count), circulation, reference questions, and resource sharing/interlibrary loan.
NCES also makes available computer files of annual data for about 9,000 administrative entities
(i.e., jurisdictions) and about 16,000 outlets. Data files are available for 1992 to the
present. Earlier files are available in both ASCII and .dbf formats, while more recent ones are
available in both ASCII and MS Access (.mdb) formats. MS Access, SPSS, SAS, or similar
statistical analysis software is recommended to users of these files. MS Excel and other
spreadsheet applications are not recommended due to the structure and size of the files.
This tool from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Peer Analysis System is designed to enable a user to easily compare any postsecondary institution to a group of peer institutions selected by the user. IPEDS Executive Peer Tool and Peer Analysis System
Compare Academic Libraries
Allows the user to get information on a particular library, or to customize a peer group by selecting the key variables that are used to define it. Welcome to Compare Academic Libraries