Colorado Public Library Statistics and Profiles

Public Library Annual Report Data (1987 – present)

Data from Colorado’s Public Library Annual Report (aka annual survey). Data are organized by statistic and group, and can be refined by library, population group, and legal basis. Results can be exported in .csv format.

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Totals, Averages, and Ratios (1987 – present)

Selected statistics, calculated using data from the annual public library survey.

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Salaries (2000 – present)

Selected salary data from the annual public library survey.

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Key Statistics for Trustees (1987 – present)

Key statistics for a single library and survey year, and compare the data to statewide averages. Learn more about these statistics here.

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Survey Documents & Information (1997 – present)

Supporting documents and information for the Colorado Annual Public Library Survey, such as surveys, instructions, and definitions.

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Challenges to Materials at Colorado’s Public Libraries (2002 – present)

Data and reports for challenged library materials in Colorado.

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Archives (1987 – 2008)

Previous statistics, tools, profiles, reports, such as the Metro (Jeffco) Library Report and Public and Public Library Peer Profiles.

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