Data Archive Introduction | Background and Introduction to the Data | Data | Documentation | Publications about public libraries | Reports

The U.S. government through various agencies been involved in the compilation of library data since before The Office of Education published the legendary 1876 publication: Public Libraries in the United States of America, Part 1 [common title: 1876 Report.] IMLS—and NCES before it—continue an old tradition..

The publications here were collected from a number of sources. Most came from the NCES Website over time. It is a curiosity of working with library data that publications with data and reports about libraries derived from those data tend to disappear—in the old days to musty library shelves but these days, often, the memory hole. One might suppose that librarians who house, organize, and archive the world’s publications might treat their own data similarly but that is not the way it is. Moreover, government agencies often do not archive data for very long. As a former Webmaster at a federal agency, there was also the worry about having obsolete information which might mislead someone. In any case, this Archive has copies of digital publications that in many cases took effort to locate and also the cooperation of many people.

When this work began, public library data for 1987-1991 were no longer on the NCES site and, as indicated, came from other sources, largely from Kim Miller then at the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) who had collected almost everything. At the time NCLIS was responsible for working with NCES and providing a library perspective to the effort as a part of its policy role. That is why those diskettes were there.

Similarly, a number the older data publications such as documentation and reports had gone missing and ferreting them out took some time and effort. Early NCES publications that had been scanned—mostly by the good folks at NCES—and were sent to me are also included here.

As mentioned, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has taken over managing the collection of the public library data and state library data. There is a page for IMLS’s Public Library Survey effort and one for the State Library Administrative Agency survey (SLAA) which will have current information on this series. Publications about this latter type are not currently included in this Archive. Those data presented a daunting set of problems that frustrated attempts to recompile them.

Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research ICPSR, a part of the Institute for Social Research, is located on the University of Michigan Campus. ICPSR maintains an archive of social science data. A number of files of library data in the PLDF3 file came from ICPSR, which processed them on behalf of NCES. When I was looking for the early years of the FSCS data, these were available on the ICSPR site and I collected them. I also discovered other data on other types of libraries, particularly historical academic data files and these data are available here, also. A spreadsheet lists all the files from ICPSR.

FSCS / Public Libraries Survey Data
Type of file Year File type File name File size Notes
Data FY 2018 zipped CSV pls_fy2018_data_files_csv.zip 3MB Contains public libraries survey (pls_fy18i_ae_pud18i.csv), state summary data (pls_fy18_state_pud18i.csv), the library outlet (branch) file (pls_fy18_outlet_pud18i.csv), and README FY18 PLS PUD.txt
Data FY 2018 zipped SAS pls_fy2018_data_files_sas.zip 4MB Contains the public library survey data files in SAS format plus related SAS formatting files.
Data FY 2018 zipped SPSS pls_fy2018_data_files_spss.zip 5MB Contains the public libraries survey data files in SPSS format.
Data FY 2017 zipped CSV pls_fy2017_data_files_csv.zip 5MB Contains public libraries survey (PLS_FY17_AE_pud17i.csv), state summary data (PLS_FY17_State_pud17i.csv), the library outlet (branch) file (PLS_FY17_Outlet_pud17i.csv), and README FY17 PLS PUD.txt
Data FY 2017 zipped SAS pls_fy2017_data_files_sas.zip 16MB Contains data files in SAS format plus related SAS formatting files.
Data FY 2017 zipped SPSS pls_fy2017_data_files_spss.zip 19MB Contains the public libraries survey data files in SPSS format.
Data FY 2016 zipped CSV pls_fy2016_data_files_csv.zip 11MB Contains public libraries survey (PLS_FY2016_AE_pupld16a), state summary data (PLS_FY2016_State_pusum16a),
the library outlet (branch) file (PLS_FY2016_Outlet_puout16a, and README FY2016 PLS PUD.txt
Data FY 2016 zipped SAS pls_fy2016_data_files_sas.zip 16MB Contains data files in SAS format plus related SAS formatting files.
Data FY 2016 zipped SPSS pls_fy2016_data_files_spss.zip 19MB Contains the public libraries survey data files in SPSS format.
Data FY 2015 zipped CSV pls_fy2015_data_files_csv.zip 2.8MB Contains public libraries survey (PLS_FY2015_AE_pupld15a), state summary data (PLS_FY2015_State_pusum15a),
the library outlet (branch) file (PLS_FY2015_Outlet_puout15a, and README FY2015 PLS PUD.txt.
Data FY 2015 zipped SAS pls_fy2015_data_files_sas.zip 4.0MB Contains data files in SAS format plus related SAS formatting files.
Data FY 2015 zipped SPSS pls_fy2015_data_files_spss.zip 4.3MB Contains the public libraries survey data files in SPSS format.
Data FY 2014 zipped CSV pls_fy2014_data_files_csv.zip 2.9MB Contains public libraries survey (PLS_FY2014_AE_pupld14a), state summary data (PLS_FY2014_State_pusum14a),
and the library outlet (branch) file (PLS_FY2014_Outlet_puout14a).
Data FY 2014 zipped SAS pls_fy2014_data_files_sas.zip 3.7MB
Data FY 2013 zipped ASCII pupld13a_ascii.zip 3.5MB Contains public libraries survey (pupld13a), state summary data (pusum13a),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout13a).
Data FY 2013 zipped CSV pupld13a_csv.zip 3.2MB
Data FY 2013 zipped SAS pupld13a_sas.zip 3.9MB
Data FY 2013 zipped XLS pupld13a_xls.zip 9.5MB
Data FY 2013 zipped GeoJSON pupld13a_geojson.zip 5.1MB
Data FY 2013 zipped KML pupld13a_kml.zip 6.5MB
Data FY 2013 zipped ESRI shapefile pupld13a_shp.zip 6.7MB
Data FY 2012 zipped ASCII pupld12a_ascii.zip 3.3MB Contains public libraries survey (pupld12a), state summary data (pusum12a),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout12a).
Data FY 2012 zipped CSV pupld12a_csv.zip 3.1MB
Data FY 2012 zipped SAS pupld12a_sas.zip 3.7MB
Data FY 2012 zipped XLS pupld12a_xls.zip 9.3MB
Data FY 2011 zipped CSV pupld11a_csv.zip 2.9MB
Data FY 2011 zipped SAS pupld11a_sas.zip 2.9MB
Data FY 2011 zipped XLS pupld11a_xls.zip 9MB
Data FY 2010 zipped ASCII pls2010a_ASCII.zip 3.2MB Contains public libraries survey (pupld10a), state summary data (pusum10a),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout10a). Filename extensions vary.
Data FY 2010 zipped CSV pupld10a_csv.zip 2.9MB
Data FY 2010 zipped SAS pupld10a_sas.zip 2.9MB
Data FY 2010 zipped XLS pupld10a_xls.zip 9MB
Data FY 2009 zipped ASCII pupld09a_ascii.zip 3.2MB Contains public libraries survey (pupld09a), state summary data (pusum09a),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout09a). Filename extensions vary.
Data FY 2009 zipped CSV pupld09a_csv.zip 2.9MB
Data FY 2009 zipped SAS pupld09a_sas.zip 3.6MB
Data FY 2009 zipped XLS pupld09a_xls.zip 9.6MB
Data FY 2008 zipped ASCII pls2008a_ASCII.zip 3.2MB Contains public libraries survey (pupld08a), state summary data (pusum08a), and the library outlet (branch) file (puout08a). Filename extensions vary.
Datasets are the versions with corrected data for Kansas. See IMLS’s note on the matter.
Data FY 2008 zipped CSV pupld08a_csv.zip 2.9MB Contains public libraries survey (pupld08a), state summary data (pusum08a),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout08a).
Data FY 2008 zipped SAS pupld08a_sas.zip 3.9MB
Data FY 2008 zipped XLS pupld08a_xls.zip 8.8MB
Data FY 2007 zipped ASCII pls2007a_ASCII.zip 3.0MB Contains public libraries survey (pupld07a), state summary data (pusum07a), and the library outlet (branch) file (puout07a).
Datasets are the versions with corrected data for Ohio. See: USER NOTE PUBLIC LIBRARIES SURVEY REPORT For Fiscal Year 2007
Data FY 2007 zipped CSV pupld07a_csv.zip 2.8MB
Data FY 2007 zipped SAS pupld07a_sas.zip 2.9MB
Data FY 2007 zipped XLS pupld07a_xls.zip 8.5MB
Data FY 2006 zipped ASCII pls2006a_ASCII.zip 2,485 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupld06a), state summary data (pusum06a), and the library outlet (branch) file (puout06a). Filename extensions vary.
Data FY 2006 zipped CSV pupld06a_csv.zip 2.2MB
Data FY 2006 zipped SAS pupld06a_sas.zip 2.9MB
Data FY 2006 zipped XLS pupld06a_xls.zip 7MB
Data FY 2005 zipped ASCII pls2005a_ASCII.zip 2,451 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupld05a), state summary data (pusum05a), and the library outlet (branch) file (puout05a). Filename extensions vary.
Data FY 2005 zipped CSV pupld05a_csv.zip 2.2MB
Data FY 2005 zipped SAS pupld05a_sas.zip 2.9MB
Data FY 2005 zipped XLS pupld05a_xls.zip 6.8MB
Data FY 2004 zipped ASCII pls2004a_ASCII.zip 2,406 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf04a), state summary data (pusum04a), and the library outlet (branch) file (puout04a). Filename extensions vary.
Data FY 2004 zipped Access pls2004a_Access.zip 2,475 KB
Data FY 2004 zipped CSV pupld04a_csv.zip 2.2MB
Data FY 2004 zipped SAS pupld04b_sas.zip 2.7MB
Data FY 2004 zipped XLS pupld04a_xls.zip 6.5MB
Data FY 2003 zipped ASCII pls2003a_ASCII.zip 2,279 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf03a), state summary data (pusum03a), and the library outlet (branch) file (puout03a).
Data FY 2003 zipped Access pls2003a_Access.zip 2,397 KB
Data FY 2003 zipped CSV pupld03a_csv.zip 2.1MB
Data FY 2003 zipped SAS pupld03a_sas.zip 2.7MB
Data FY 2003 zipped XLS pupld03a_xls.zip 6.1MB
Data FY 2002 zipped ASCII pls2002b_ASCII.zip 2,192 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupld02b), state summary data (pusum02a), and the library outlet (branch) file (puout02a). (sic)
Data FY 2002 zipped Access pls2002b_Access.zip 2,453 KB
Data FY 2002 zipped CSV pupld02b_csv.zip 2MB
Data FY 2002 zipped SAS pupld02b_sas.zip 2.5MB
Data FY 2002 zipped XLS pupld02b_xls.zip 6.1MB
Data FY 2001 zipped ASCII pls2001b_ASCII.zip 2MB Contains public libraries survey (pupld01b), state summary data (pusum01), and the library outlet (branch) file (puout01).
Data FY 2001 zipped Access pls2001b_Access.zip 2MB
Data FY 2001 zipped CSV pupld01b_csv.zip 1.9MB
Data FY 2001 zipped SAS pupld01a_sas.zip 2.6MB
Data FY 2001 zipped XLS pupld01b_xls.zip 5.3MB
Data FY 2000 zipped ASCII pls2000_ASCII.zip 2,117 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf00), state summary data (pusum00),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout00).
Data FY 2000 zipped Access pls2000_Access.zip 2.4MB
Data FY 2000 zipped CSV pupldF00_csv.zip 1.8MB
Data FY 2000 zipped SAS pupld00a_sas.zip 2.6MB
Data FY 2000 zipped XLS pupldF00_xls.zip 6MB
Codebook FY 2000 zipped pls2000.zip 4.1M Contains the complete FY 2000 data and documentation with executables.
Data FY 1999 zipped ASCII pls1999_ASCII.zip 2.2MB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf99), state summary data (pusum99),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout99).
Data FY 1999 zipped Access pls1999_Access.zip 2.3MB
Data FY 1999 zipped csv pupldf99_csv.zip 1.8MB
Data FY 1999 zipped SAS pupld99a_sas.zip 2.5 MB
Data FY 1999 zipped xls pupldf99_xls.zip 6.5MB
Data FY 1998 zipped ASCII pls1998_ASCII.zip 2,052 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf98), state summary data (pusum98),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout98).
Data FY 1998 zipped Access pls1998_Access.zip 2.4 MB
Data FY 1998 zipped csv pupldf98_csv.zip 1.8 MB
Data FY 1998 zipped SAS pupld98a_sas.zip 2.3 MB
Data FY 1998 zipped xls pupldf98_xls.zip 5.2 MB
Data FY 1997 zipped ASCII pls1997_ASCII.zip 2 MB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf97), state summary data (pusum97),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout97).
Data FY 1997 zipped Access pls1997_Access.zip 2.2 MB
Data FY 1997 zipped csv pupld97a_csv.zip 1.8 MB
Data FY 1997 zipped SAS pupld97a_sas.zip 2.3 MB
Data FY 1997 zipped xls pupld97a_xls.zip 6 MB
Data FY 1996 zipped ASCII pls1996_ASCII.zip 1,940 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf96), state summary data (pusum96),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout96).
Data FY 1996 zipped Access pls1996_Access.zip 2 MB
Data FY 1996 zipped csv pupld96a_csv.zip 1.7 MB
Data FY 1996 zipped SAS pupld96a_sas.zip 2.3 MB
Data FY 1996 zipped xls pupld96a_xls.zip 5.7 MB
Data FY 1995 zipped ASCII pls1995_ASCII.zip 1,904 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf95), state summary data (pusum95),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout95).
Data FY 1995 zipped Access pls1995_Access.zip 2.2 MB
Data FY 1995 zipped csv pupld95a_csv.zip 1.7 MB
Data FY 1995 zipped SAS pupld95a_sas.zip 2.2 MB
Data FY 1995 zipped xls pupld9a5_xls.zip 5.5 MB
Data FY 1994 zipped ASCII pls1994_ASCII.zip 1,855 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf94), state summary data (pusum94),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout94).
Data FY 1994 zipped Access pls1994_Access.zip 2,045 KB
Data FY 1994 zipped csv pupld94a_csv.zip 1.7 MB
Data FY 1994 zipped SAS pupld94a_sas.zip 2.1 MB
Data FY 1994 zipped xls pupld94a_xls.zip 5.5 MB
Data FY 1993 zipped ASCII pls1993_ASCII.zip 1,853 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf93), state summary data (pusum93),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout93).
Data FY 1993 zipped Access pls1993_Access.zip 2,137 KB
Data FY 1993 zipped csv pupld93a_csv.zip 1.7 MB
Data FY 1993 zipped SAS pupld93a_sas.zip 2.1 MB
Data FY 1993 zipped xls pupld93a_xls.zip 5.5 MB
Data FY 1992 zipped ASCII pls1992_ASCII.zip 1,837 KB Contains public libraries survey (pupldf92), state summary data (pusum92),
and the library outlet (branch) file (puout92).
Data FY 1992 zipped Access pls1992_Access.zip 2.1 MB
Data FY 1992 zipped csv pupld92a_csv.zip 1.6 MB
Data FY 1992 zipped SAS pupld92a_sas.zip 2.1 MB
Data FY 1992 zipped xls pupld92a_xls.zip 5.4 MB
Data FY 1991 ASCII pls1991universe.txt contains the data file
pls1991summary.txt has state summary data
3,827 KB
25 KB
The original file was PUBLIB91.EXE, a self-extracting file. It is located
in the PublicLibs\Data directory. It will execute on Windows machines. The various files this program creates are filed where they belong, that is, data are with data and documentation with documentation.
Data FY 1990 ASCII pls1990universe.txt contains the data file
pls1990summary.txt has state summary data
4,165 KB
25 KB
The original diskette contained PUBLIB90.EXE, a self-extracting file. It is located in the
PublicLibs\Data directory. It will execute on Windows machines but will only extract PUBLIB90.TXT. PUBLIB90.TXT was renamed pls1990universe.txt for this compilation. The diskette also contained CEFSUMM.TXT which was renamed pls1990summary.txt for this compilation.
Data FY 1989 ASCII pls1989universe.txt
pls1989summary.txt has state summary data.
da2212.txt is the later edition.
4,318 KB
25 KB
This copy comes from ICPSR 9596, September 1991.
It was also published as ICPSR 2212, March 2002. 9596 was used in PLDF3.
By inspection, da2212.txt and pls1989universe.txt (originally da9596i.gz)
appear to be the same. The summary file appears not to be available with the later version.
Data FY 1988 ASCII pls1988universe.txt 3,816 KB 7,910 library records, 45 summary records
ICPSR 2211
Data FY 1987 ASCII pls1987universe.txt 1,839 KB Summary data for each of the 19 reporting states is found as the first
observation for that state.
ICPSR 2210, March 2002
LIBGIS Data
Data 1981 ASCII da2279.txt 1,455 KB Library General Information Survey (LIBGIS) from ICPSR
Public Library Universe, 1981
A directory of “main” public libraries. 8,611 cases
ICPSR 2279, March 2002
According to the ICPSR citation to the NCES publication, the original was published in 1981.
Data FY 1977-1978 ASCII da2209.txt 1,558 KB Library General Information Survey (LIBGIS) III from ICPSR
Public Libraries, FY 1977-1978
ICPSR 2209, May 2002
According to the ICPSR citation to the NCES publication, the original was published in 1978.
Data 1977 ASCII da2207.txt 1,453 KB Library General Information Survey (LIBGIS) III
Public Library Universe, 1977
ICPSR 2207, March 2002
According to the ICPSR citation to the NCES publication, the original was published in 1977.
Data FY 1974 ASCII da2208.txt 1,143 KB Library General Information Survey (LIBGIS) I from ICPSR
Public Libraries, FY 1974
1,460 cases. Brief data on public libraries, branches, and some state libraries.
ICPSR 2208, March 2002
According to the ICPSR citation to the NCES publication, the original was published in 1974.
Data 1973 ASCII da2206.txt 1,521 KB Library General Information Survey (LIBGIS) I from ICPSR
Public Library Universe, 1973
8,996 cases. Stratified random sample.
ICPSR 2206, March 2002
According to the ICPSR citation to the NCES publication, the original was published in 1973.