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.

Mastering Design and Accessibility with Pictograms (MLS Not Required)

Are MLS degrees required to work in Colorado public libraries? Check out these pictogram charts to find out!

How Do Colorado Public Libraries Stack Up?

See how Colorado public library annual report (PLAR) data compares to public library survey data from across the nation.

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


2022 challenges partial image

Every year, Library Research Service publishes findings on challenges to materials and services in Colorado Public Libraries. The information is gathered from the Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) survey, as well as a follow up survey which gathers details of the challenges reported on the PLAR. Here are the findings from 2022.

Check Out Colorado State Parks Historical Fast Facts Report

Seven years of data showcasing this program’s success

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.

2021 Quotable Facts About Colorado Public Libraries

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