Welcome to Library Research Service

LRS thoughtfully collects, analyzes, and distributes data that is relevant and actionable to Colorado communities and empowers library staff to do the same.

Sparking Interest in Summer Reading

Learn how to use sparklines to your advantage while exploring data on summer reading programs across Colorado.

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Accessible Survey Design

An accessible survey is key to ensuring the data collected is representative of all the communities a library serves.

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Directions for Research Design: Mixed Methods

Explore three different research design paths that use both qualitative and quantitative data to answer your questions.

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Pouncing on Prejudice: Mitigating Assumptions and Bias in Research

Prevent bias from entering your research by keeping these tips and tricks in mind.



DART: Reference Tracker

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Are PRISon libraries Motivators of pro-social behavior and successful re-entry?

A toolkit with sample surveys, lessons learned, and additional reflections on a research project funded by IMLS to determine the outcomes of library services in prisons.

Connect to Health Cohort Resources

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  • Public libraries: 112
  • K-12 public school libraries: 1,119
  • Public college and university libraries: 33

Sources: 2022 Public Library Annual Report (PLAR), Colorado Department of Education (CDE), 2021 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

2023 Library Jobline Fast Facts

In 2023, Library Jobline saw slightly less job postings and new users than 2022, but job salaries were higher on average.

Colorado Talking Book Library Patron Satisfaction Survey Report, 2022

Results from the 2022 Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) patron survey are in!

Libraries Faced a Flood of Challenges to Books and Materials in 2022

Stay informed about the latest number of reported book challenges and the implications behind increasing challenges.

2022 Quotable Facts Resources

The 2022 Quotable Facts details quick facts about Colorado’s public libraries.