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These publications are one step removed from the raw data because they tend to represent the first analysis of newly published data. The Supplementary Tables have aggregate analysis generally by categories and the Surveys present deeper analysis that comes out later.

Type of file Year File type File name File size Notes
Supplementary Tables FY 2017 PDF Supplementary Tables, Public Libraries Survey, FY 2017 3 MB 103 pages
Release data: June 2019
Summary Report FY 2017 PDF publiclibrariesintheunitedstatessurveyfiscalyear2017volume1.pdf. 7 MB Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2017, Volume 1
Release date: June 2020
Summary Report FY 2016 PDF public-libraries-united-states-survey-fiscal-year-2016.pdf 3B Public Libraries in the United States Survey, Fiscal Year 2016
Release date: May 2019
Supplementary Tables FY 2016 PDF Supplementary Tables, Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2016 5MB pages 1-128
Release date: December 2018
Supplementary Tables User Note 1 FY 2016 PDF USER NOTE: FY 2016 Public Libraries Survey Tables 41KB 1 page. Reports errors in two Supplementary Tables and that new, corrected tables were published in August 2018.
Supplementary Tables User Note 2 FY 2016 PDF USER NOTE: FY 2016 Public Libraries Survey Tables 41KB 1 page. Reports errors in 9 Supplementary Tables in the August 2018 publication. A newer, corrected set of tables was published in December 2018.
Summary Report FY 2015 PDF plsfy2015.pdf 8.2MB Public Libraries in the United States Survey, Fiscal Year 2015

Release date: July 2018

Supplementary Tables FY 2015 PDF Supplementary Tables, Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2015 4.5MB pages 1-128
Release date: August 2018
Supplementary Tables User Note FY 2015 PDF USER NOTE: FY 2015 Public Libraries Survey Tables 54KB 2 pages. Reports errors and announces the republication of the tables for FY 2015.
Summary Report FY 2014 PDF plsfy2014.pdf 1.7MB Public Libraries in the United States Survey, Fiscal Year 2014

Release date: August 2017

Supplementary Tables FY 2014 PDF Supplementary Tables, Public Libraries Survey, FY 2014 1.9MB pages 1-124
Includes State Ranking Tables
Release date: July 2016
Summary Report FY 2013 PDF plsfy2013.pdf 1.4MB Public Libraries in the United States Survey, Fiscal Year 2013

Release date: March 2016

Supplementary Tables, 1-35 FY 2013 PDF Supplementary Tables, Public Libraries Survey, FY 2013 1.9MB pages 1-122. Includes State Ranking Tables.
Summary Report FY 2012 PDF PLS_FY2012.pdf 14.3MB Public Libraries in the United States Survey, Fiscal Year 2012

Release date: December 2014

Supplementary Tables, 1-7a FY 2012 PDF Number and Percentage of Libraries by Select Characteristics 750KB pages [1-24]
Supplementary Tables, 8-18a FY 2012 PDF Public Library Services and Resources 497MB pages [25-51]
Supplementary Tables, 19-20a_3 FY 2012 PDF Public Library Staffing 1.4MB pages 52-57
Supplementary Tables, 21-29a FY 2012 PDF Public Library Revenue and Expenses 640KB pages 58-84
Note: this file has only Tables 21-29A. The downloaded file’s name indicated it had contained through Table 31. The file name here was changed to indicate the contents. Downloaded March 22, 2018.
Supplementary Tables, 32-35 FY 2012 PDF Size of Public Libraries 553KB pages 85-98
Supplementary Tables, 36-47 FY 2012 PDF State Ranking Tables 550KB pages 99-110
State by State Profiles FY 2012 PDF State by State Profiles 16MB 51 pages
Summary Report FY 2011 PDF PLS2011.pdf 11.5MB Public Libraries in the United States Survey, Fiscal Year 2011

Release date: June 2014

Supplementary Tables, 1-7a FY 2011 PDF Number and Percentage of Libraries by Select Characteristics 616KB pages 1-24
Supplementary Tables, 8-17a FY 2011 PDF Public Library Services and Resources 926MB pages 24-54
Supplementary Tables, 18-19A FY 2011 PDF Public Library Staffing 948KB pages 55-60
Supplementary Tables, 20-30A FY 2011 PDF Public Library Revenue and Expenses 2.3MB pages 61-93
Supplementary Tables, 31-34 FY 2011 PDF Size of Public Libraries 1.1MB pages 94-107
Supplementary Tables, 35-46 FY 2011 PDF State Ranking Tables 1.1MB pages 108-119
State by State Profiles FY 2011 PDF State by State Profiles 15.9MB 51 pages
Summary Report FY 2010 PDF PLS2010.pdf 3.8MB Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2010

Release date: January 2013

Supplementary Tables, 1-7a FY 2010 PDF Number and Percentage of Libraries by Select Characteristics 1.3MB pages 1-24
Supplementary Tables, 8-16a FY 2010 PDF Public Library Services and Resources 1.5MB pages 24-51
Supplementary Tables, 17-18A FY 2010 PDF Public Library Staffing 463KB pages 52-57
Supplementary Tables, 19-29A FY 2010 PDF Public Library Revenue and Expenses 1.7MB pages 58-90
Supplementary Tables, 30-33 FY 2010 PDF Size of Public Libraries 832KB pages 91-104
Supplementary Tables, 34-36 FY 2010 PDF State Ranking Tables 705KB pages 105-117
State by State Profiles FY 2010 PDF State by State Profiles 1.3MB 51 pages
Summary Report FY 2009 PDF PLS2009.pdf 3.9MB Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2009

Release date: October 2011.

Summary Report FY 2008 PDF PLS2008.pdf 1.8MB Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2008

Release date: June 2010. Revised: January 2011.

Summary Report FY 2007 PDF PLS2007.pdf 1.8MB Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2007

Release date: June 2009. Revised: September 2010.

Summary Report FY 2006 PDF PLS2006.pdf 1.6MB Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2006. December 2008
Summary Report / E.D. Tab/First Look FY 2005 PDF EDTabPLS2005.pdf 440KB Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2006. December 2008
NCES 2008-301
Supplementary Tables FY 2005 PDF EDTabPLS2005_s.pdf 622KB Supplemental Tables to NCES 2008-301
Summary Report FY 2004 PDF EDTabPLS2004.pdf 1,055 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2004. [August 2006] NCES 2006-349
Summary Report FY 2003 PDF EDTabPLS2003.pdf 1,066 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2003. [September 2005] NCES 2005-363
Summary Report FY 2002 PDF EDTabPLS2002.pdf 1,075 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2002. March 2005
NCES 2005-356;
Summary Report FY 2001 PDF EDTabPLS2001.pdf 507 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2001. [June 2003] NCES 2003-399
Summary Report FY 2000 PDF EDTabPLS2000.pdf 447 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2000. July 2002
NCES 2002-344
Summary Report FY 1999 PDF EDTabPLS1999.pdf 437 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 1999. February 2002
NCES 2002-308
Summary Report FY 1998 PDF EDTabPLS1998.pdf 431 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 1998. July 2001
NCES 2001-307
Summary Report FY 1997 PDF EDTabPLS1997.pdf 610 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 1997. June 2000
NCES 2000-316
Summary Report FY 1996 PDF EDTabPLS1996.pdf 1,125 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 1996. February 1999
NCES 99-306
Summary Report FY 1995 PDF EDTabPLS1995.pdf 968 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 1995. April 1998
NCES 98-301
Summary Report FY 1994 PDF EDTabPLS1994.pdf 548 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 1994. February 1997
NCES 97-418
(state rank order tables for FY 1994) FY 1994 PDF NCLIS 1994 public library state rankings 1,467 KB No title page. Handwritten note on first page: “Final / NCLIS Mailout / 4-17-97 (received in mail) / (second copy)”
Provenance is not clear but the typeface resembles that in NCES publications. The state rank order tables did not appear in the FY 1994 E.D. Tabs (above) but began appearing in FY 1995 and after.
Summary Report FY 1993 ASCII EDTabPLS1993.txt 59 KB Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 1993. July 1995
NCES 95-129
(state rank order tables for FY 1993) FY 1993 PDF Public Libraries in the United States, FY 1993: Selected Data and Rankings, by state 6,077 KB First page of this pdf file is a fax transmittal sheet dated “6-25-97” to Keith Lance from Elaine Kroe. The state rank order tables are now published in the E.D. Tabs but did not appear there before the FY 1995 report.
E.D. Tab FY 1992 ASCII EDTabPLS1992.txt 90 KB
(state rank order tables for 1991) 1991 PDF State Rankings of Selected Public Library Data, 1991 2,441 KB The state rank order tables are now published in the E.D. Tabs but did not appear there before the FY 1995 report. However, the data for 1991 are not comparable to those for 1992 or later.
OERI Historical Report 1982 PDF PublicLibs/EDTab/1982%20PLS.pdf 223 KB Statistics of Public Libraries, 1982
Four page summary statistics. Published in 1986
8,597 public libraries in 1982
1977-1978 PDF Statistics of Public Libraries, 1977-1978 6,930 KB Equivalent to a current E.D. Tab or First Look
8,456 public libraries in 1978

NCES/IMLS Reports
Title Date File size Notes
The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States September, 2013 1.3MB Research Brief No. 5
13 pages.
Public Libraries in the United States Survey, FY 2011 n.d. 64KB Fast Facts, 1 page.
Public Libraries in the United States Survey, FY 2010 n.d. 174KB Fast Facts, 1 page.
Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007 December, 2009 278KB Research Brief No. 1
6 pages.
Bridge Study of the Imputation Methods for
the Public Libraries Survey (PLS): FY2006-08
2009? 578 KB ED Tab
19 pages
IMLS changed and adapted the imputation methods with the FY 2008 Survey.
Households’ Use of Public and Other Types of Libraries: 2002 January 2007 165 KB NCES 2007-327,
98 pages
Public Library Trends, Fiscal Years 1992-1996 March 2001 651 KB Statistical Analysis Report
NCES 2001-324,
149 pages
Measuring Inflation in Public Libraries: A Comparison of Two Approaches, the Input Cost Index and the Cost Services Index April 1999 6.6 MB Statistical Analysis Report
NCES 1999-325,
96 pages
from ERIC: ED 428 780
How Does Your Public Library Compare? Service Performance of Peer Groups September 1998 136KB Statistics in Brief
NCES 98-310,
18 pages
Use of Public Library Services by Households in the United States: 1996 February 1997 48 KB Statistics in Brief
NCES 97-446,
12 pages
Public Library Structure and Organization in the United States March 1996 2,170 KB Technical Report
NCES 96-229,
48 pages
Report on Evaluation of Definitions Used in the Public Library Statistics Program January 1995 4,828 KB Technical Report
NCES 95-430,
132 pages
Services and Resources for Children and Young Adults in Public Libraries August 1995 5,710 KB Fast Response Survey System
NCES 95-357,
132 pages
Finance Data in the Public Library Statistics Program: Definitions, Internal Consistency, and Comparisons to Secondary Sources April 1995 4,834 KB Technical Report
NCES 95-209,
69 pages
Staffing Data in the Public Library Statistics Program Definitions, Internal Consistency, and Comparisons to Secondary Sources August 1995 4,556 KB Fast Response Survey System
NCES 95-186,
70 pages
Data Comparability and Public Policy: New Interest in Public Library Data; Papers Presented at Meetings of The American Statistical Association November 1994 11,408 KB Working Paper No 94-07,
94 pages
Services and Resources for Children in Public Libraries, 1988-89. Contractor Report March 1990 1,997 KB Survey Report
NCES 90-098,
40 pages

Documents Related to the history of the FSCS/PLS data series. Some were funded or sponsored by NCES and/or NCLIS but not published by NCES
Title Date File size Notes
Report on the Library and Information Services Policy Forum on Impact of Information Technology and Special Programming on Library Services to Special Populations May 20-21, 1996 4.2MB 74 pages
Proceedings of the Library and Information Services Policy Forum; Changes in Library and Information Services: 1996-2001 May 15-16, 1995 6.MB Funded by NCES and Co-sponsored by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
116 pages
Library and Information Services Policy: A Forum Report September 23-24, 1993 6.1MB Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
113 pages
An Action Plan for a Federal-State Cooperative System for Public Library Data April 1989 2.9MB Supported by the U.S. Nation Commission on Libraries and Information Science and the National Center for Education Statistics
70 pages
Analysis of Library Data Collection and Development of Plans for the Future, Final Report to the National Center for Education Statistics November 15, 1984 6.5MB by Mary Jo Lynch
153 pages
Library Human Resources: A Study of Supply and Demand: A report prepared for the National Center for Education Statistics and the Office of Libraries and Learning Technology by King Research, Inc 1983 10MB issued by the American Library Association
243 pages