Fast Facts Reports


Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2017

Every year, the Library Research Service surveys Colorado public libraries about challenges to their materials or services. The libraries that report receiving one or more challenges are then asked to provide additional information. This Fast Facts addresses the number, nature, and outcome of the challenges reported in 2017.

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2017: Library Jobline Reflects a Steady Job Market

Postings for library jobs continued to rise in 2017, according to LRS’s popular library job posting website, In 2017, 701jobs were posted—the most ever since the service’s launch in 2007. Average hourly salaries for both Academic ($22.06) and Public ($22.26) library positions remained steady. The average hourly salary for School libraries ($19.86) continued to rise and has recovered from its low in 2015 ($16.62). Read on to learn more about how the rest of 2017 shaped up.

Check Out Colorado State Parks 2017

Check Out Colorado State Parks, the result of a partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, provides 297 Colorado libraries with two park passes and adventure backpacks filled with information and educational activities. Patrons of participating public, military, and academic libraries can check out a backpack for a week at a time to visit state parks for free. In 2017, 806 patrons completed a survey about their experience with the program.

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2016-2017 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights


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

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