The 2019 Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) opens on Monday, January 6, 2020 and closes on March 13, 2020. Are you new to the PLAR? Check out the 5 Ws of the Public Library Annual Report for an overview.

Survey Support Documents and Links

What’s new in the 2019 survey:

The following items have been added to the 2019 survey:

5.27 Do you have automatic renewals? YES/NO (Automatic renewal means that borrowed items are automatically renewed at the end of the borrowing period unless another user has a hold on them.)

5.28 Do you charge overdue fines for the following materials? (Overdue fines are monetary penalties that occur when a library user fails to return materials on or before the date due.  These can be one-time fines, or fines that increase according to the number of days the materials are overdue. Overdue fines are not replacement costs if materials are lost or damaged.)

  • Children’s books: YES/NO
  • Young adult books: YES/NO
  • Adult books: YES/NO

15.16a Meeting room(s) use: The number of times meeting room(s) were used for events not sponsored or co-sponsored by the library.

We have also added a new age category to the questions about programs (number of programs and program attendance) – “all ages”. Please report any programs for which the target audience is a combination of two or more of the following age groups – children, YA, and adult – in “all ages.”


If you have questions about the survey or data elements, please contact Linda Hofschire at or 303-866-6827. For help with technical questions about Bibliostat Collect, contact Product Support at 1-866-785-9935.