Library Topics

Annie E. Casey Foundation – KIDS COUNT

KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of the children in the U.S. KIDS COUNT provides local, state, and national data about children.

Teens in the Library – Findings from the Evaluation of Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development

This study reports on findings from the Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development Initiative, a 3-year, 9-site initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation to develop innovative models for public libraries to provide high-quality educational enrichment and career development programs serving underserved low-income children and youth.
New on the Shelf: Teens in the Library

National Center for Education Statistics

The official Website of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics Federal provides federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, security, health, behavior and social environment.

American Foundation for the Blind

Who’s Watching? A Profile of the Blind and Visually Impaired Audience for Television and Video
Presents results of a study on video description (technique that inserts explanations and descriptions of visual elements of a video or television program for the visually impaired). Statistics are presented in tables and charts including “ways that vision problems affect respondents’ television watching, television genres that respondents would like to have described, and receptivity of respondents to video description.”

International Center for Disability Information

Disability Tables organized by state, total U.S. and world data including statistics on work disability, self care and mobility, life expectancy, need for personal assistance, elderly issues, and veterans’ employment.

National Center for Health Statistics FASTATS–A to Z–Disabilities/Impairments

Health data for Americans including selected impairments per 1,000 persons by age, sex and age, race and age, and geographic region.

National Health Interview Survey on Disability (NHIS-D)

News releases and fact sheets, data highlights, data collection survey instruments.

US Census Bureau: Disability

View the most recent reports, briefs, and data on disability and obtain disability data to create your own tables and cross tabulations as well as links to other related sites.

America’s Career InfoNet: Occupational information including wages, trends, and state profiles.

America’s Labor Market Information System: Labor Market Information Training Institute

Provides short term forecasts, long term industry projections, MicroMatrix occupational projections, standard wage, and state occupational projections.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
Survey produces estimates of employment and wage rates by occupation including Librarians and Library Media Specialists:

Current Population SurveyMain Page

Provides estimates on employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. Date is available by age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment, in addition to occupation, industry, and class of worker.
U.S. Census BureauTechnical Documentation

Policy Institute

The Institute’s Datazone contains online tables including wage and compensation trends, family earnings and income trends, prices, low wage labor market indicators, and employment statistics.

School District Analysis System (SDAS)

This NCES application allows users to view summary state and national tables of school district data from the 2000 School District Special Tabulation (STP2). The system is made up of a set of cross tabulations permitting users to specify pre-selected row topics and column topics. Column topics provide a unique distribution of school district data grouped by the indicated characteristics (e.g., percent minority, school district size, etc.). The enrollment column topic is essentially a rearrangement of the state and U.S. data provided in the Census 2000 data link.
School District Demographics

U.S. Census Bureau: Poverty

Resource guide to poverty in the United States. Page includes link to Poverty 1999 Report in pdf-file format, as well as Current Population Survey (CPS), Poverty Definition, Thresholds and Guidelines, Decennial Census, Recent Poverty Measurement Research , Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and Small Area Estimates.

U.S. Department of Justice: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Offers statistics on crimes and victims, corrections, courts and sentencing, and more.

Economic Impact of Library Services

Economic Impact StudyRegional Benefits of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

An economic impact study shows that Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides quantifiable economic benefits to the region and is the Pittsburgh area’s most visited regional asset.

Economic Hard Times and Public Library Use Revisited

This 2002 article by Mary Jo Lynch has as its mission to explore the proposition of whether or not library use increases during an economic downturn
American Libraries article

Economic Benefits and Impacts from Public Libraries–State of Florida, 2001

This study conducted by the Information Use, Management and Policy Institute of Florida State University and funded by the State Library of Florida surveyed library patrons about their perceptions of the economic benefits and impacts of public libraries. Based on findings reported here, a follow-up return-on-investment (ROI) study is proposed.

Laser Foundation: Libraries Impact Project PDF document

This project sought to develop a series of measures that offer a transferable framework for adoption by library authorities to allow them to demonstrate the distinctive contribution that libraries make to a range of policy areas at local and national level.

New York’s Libraries: How they STACK UP!

A New York State Library publication that shows how New York’s libraries are good for the economy

Placing a Value on Public Library Services1998

This St. Louis Public Library study applied a variety of economic concepts (including cost-benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, and consumer surplus valuation) to valuing public investment in library services.

Public Library Use in Pennsylvania: Identifying Uses, Benefits, and Impacts–Final Report

Charles R. McClure and John C. Bertot (June 1998)

South Carolina Public Library Economic Impact Study

A study prepared by the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina

Taxpayer Return on Investment in Florida Public Libraries

The State Library and Archives of Florida hopes to use the results of this study to show that when Florida’s state and local governments invest in libraries, it enhances the quality of life in communities and helps build a diversified economy.
State Library and Archives of FloridaReturn on Investment Study

Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation PDF document

Americans for Libraries Council’s newest report offers researchers and advocates an overview of the cutting-edge field of library valuation, or models for expressing a library’s multiple contributions to its community in dollars and cents.

Fiscal Indexes

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)

Bureau of Labor Statistics Index

Periodical Price Survey, Library Journal

ALA Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Librarians: A Status Report (1998)

by Mary Jo Lynch, American Library Association

International Library Statistics


This site was established by the European Commission within the Telematics Applications Programme. Its purpose is to test and then generate an automatic means of collecting data from respondents in each of 29 countries comprising signatories to the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) and the Association Agreement with the EU in Central and Eastern Europe (C&EE). Data collected in past surveys has been added to the database, and visitors to this site can review past trends as well as compare national statistics. – A research study into international library economics (Requires first-time users to register)

Library & Information Statistics TablesUK

Library statistics reporting library and information statistics in the UK from 1997 through 2000. Published and compiled by the Library & Information Statistics Unit, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicstershire.
Department of Information Science – Loughborough University

Australia and New Zealand Academic Library Statistics

Statistics for academic libraries in Australia and New Zealand, collected annually and published by CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians)

Canadian Association of Research Libraries Statistics

Order information for publications distributed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Publication list

Canadian Public Library Statistics

Produced annually by the Mississauga Library System for CALUPL (Council of Administrators of Large Urban Public Librarians), the Canadian Public Library Statistical survey and report compiles data for libraries in Canadian cities with populations over 50,000.
City of Mississauga

New Zealand Public Library Statistics

Statistical information about public libraries in New Zealand

UNESCO International Library Statistics

Statistical tables for national libraries, public libraries, and higher (“tertiary”) education libraries in selected countries from the UNESCO Statistical Yearbook
Statistical Yearbook 1999

American Book Sellers Association: BookWeb: Research & Statistics

Offers book industry reports, statistics, the ABACUS Financial Study, and facts of interest about the book industry

American Library Association–The State of America

This status report on the health and welfare of the nation’s libraries compiles a wide variety of available data on library-related topics such as: public opinion, funding, construction, the USA PATRIOT Act, copyright, censorship, and the “65 percent solution.”

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The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac

Ordering information for this “on-the-job answer book…statistical information resource…planning and research guide.”

BUBL Library and Information Science Journals

Contents, abstracts or full texts of current library and information science journals and newsletters.

Quotable Facts About America

Mini-brochure produced by the American Library Association and Library Research Service providing quick facts about libraries in the United States

American Libraries Magazine

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer price index (CPI), producer price index, international price index, unemployment rates, labor force statistics, payroll statistics, collective bargaining agreements, employee benefits survey, employment cost index, occupational injury and illness rates, productivity and costs index.
Consumer Price Index

Library Journal, April 15, 2007:

As open access gains ground, STM publishers change tactics, and librarians ask hard questions
Serial Wars by Lee C. Van Orsdel & Kathleen Born

Library Journal, April 15, 2006:

While the struggle over open access plays out, librarians, vendors, and publishers continue to trade within a market dominated by all things electronic.
Journals in the Time of Google by Lee C. Van Orsdel & Kathleen Born

School Library Journal: Average Book Prices

U.S. Periodical Prices Index, American Libraries

Prices of U.S. and Foreign Published Materials 2022

Administrative Compensation Survey

Washington, DC: College and University Professional Association for Resources (CUPA-HR)
Executive Summaries, Data Samples and Survey Press Releases

ALA Salary Survey

Librarianship and library staff statistics

ALA Retirement & Recruitment: A Deeper Look PDF document
by Mary Jo Lynch, Former Director, ALA Office for Research & Statistics and
Stephen Tordella, President, Decision Demographics
Thomas Godfrey, Senior Demographer, Decision Demographics

Bureau of Labor Statistics