Changing Workforce

In 2003, LRS surveyed library personnel to address retirement, retention, and recruitment issues and tease out the future of the profession in Colorado. Explore the associated publications, reports, and survey results here.

Definition of Terms

Complete definitions of public library survey terms and calculations are provided here. Helpful tips on making data meaningful are also included.

Field Initiated Studies

These studies cover a range of topics, from diversity initiatives to weeding tips, but all were created and conducted by practicing librarians in Colorado.

Intellectual Freedom

Intellectual freedom is the library world’s bread and butter. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite resources, research, and policies in this guide.

Library Technology

This annotated list of technology topics offers resources on computers, e-rate, and the internet. Don’t miss the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Library Tools

One-stop shopping for all your data calculation and comparison needs. Test your internet speed, calculate cost of living in your town, or map your library.

Library Topics

We’ve pulled together the best resources we can find on topics of interest to libraries. Explore library budgets, fiscal indexes, summer reading, and more.

Library User Survey Templates and How-Tos

Our survey templates enable you to assess your patrons’ usage of and satisfaction with your library, as well as their demographics.

Research Methods

Conducting your own research can be a daunting prospect. Get started with our extensive resource guide on evaluations, surveys, and focus groups.

Special Libraries

Discover the world of special libraries with our quick guide of professional organizations, research by topic and library type, and related surveys.


  • 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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