Academic Libraries


Colorado Library Statistics

View and download annual and historical statistics from the federal Academic Library Survey (ALS), which covers libraries in all higher education institutions in Colorado.


National Library Statistics

Explore biennial academic library statistics with state data and national summaries from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Association Statistics

Access data on Colorado academic libraries from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Academic Library Impact Study

In 2005, LRS (with the Colorado Academic Library Consortium) completed an impact study about how academic libraries help students learn and faculty teach.


  • Public Library Statistics & Profiles
    Dive into annual statistics from the Colorado Public Library Annual Report using our interactive tool, results tailored to trustees, and state totals and averages.
  • School Library Impact Studies
    School libraries have a profound impact on student achievement. Explore studies about this topic by LRS and other researchers in our comprehensive guide.
  • Fast Fact Reports
    Looking for a quick rundown of library research? Check out our Fast Facts, which highlight research and statistics about various library topics.


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LRS is part of the Colorado State Library, a unit of the Colorado Department of Education. We design and conduct library research for library and education professionals, public officials, and the media to inform practices and assessment needs.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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