National Statistics

Statistics are collected at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) from more than 9,000 public libraries via the Federal State Cooperative System (FSCS). Data are available for individual public libraries and are also aggregated to state and national levels.

Public Libraries in the United States

  • About the Survey – Get the basics about the annual Public Libraries Survey (PLS).
  • Publications – View reports summarizing national results from the PLS.
  • Data Catalog – Dig deeper into IMLS data with this new interactive tool.
  • Data File Download – Access data files for 1992 to the present.

Comparison Tools


  • 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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