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.

Plotting to Grow Public Library Collections

Investigate the correlation between libraries’ materials expenditures and circulation while reviewing scatter plots.

An Overview of What’s Overdue

The Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) data is packed with the potential to help inform decision making in libraries.

Directions for Research Design: Mixed Methods

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

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


LRS summarizes the growth in users and content available in the CHNC and presents standout facts and figures about how the site is being used.

Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries 2021

LRS presents a detailed summary of reported challenges to materials or services at Colorado public libraries in 2021 including the outcome of each challenge.

Colorado Talking Book Library Patron Satisfaction Survey Report, 2020

Results from the 2020 Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) patron survey are in!

Reading Habits for Evolving Libraries

Discover the latest trends in ebook usage and material spending based on research from PEW, Library Journal and ALA.

2021 Quotable Facts About Colorado Public Libraries

The 2021 Quotable Facts details quick facts about Colorado’s public libraries.