Public Library Statistics

The Statistical Report of North Carolina Public Libraries is an annual compilation and analysis of data reported by North Carolina's public libraries.

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2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009 2007-2008 2006-2007
2005-2006 2004-2005 2003-2004 2002-2003 2001-2002

The State Library of North Carolina participates in the national Public Library Survey administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Many data elements in the North Carolina Public Library Survey form correspond to those required for participation in the national survey, ensuring that North Carolina's public library statistics are comparable to those of the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.

For NC data older than 2001-2002, download datasets, publications, and compare library data at the IMLS Public Libraries in the United States webpage, or download their datasets directly here.

For more data about NC public libraries, or to download advocacy materials and data analysis reports, please visit North Carolina Public Library Data (new!).


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Academic Libraries

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collects and analyzes data related to education in the U.S, and publishes an annual report entitled Digest of Education Statistics. NCES conducts the Academic Libraries Survey biennially, collecting data from degree-granting postsecondary institutions that receive federal financial support.

Resources & Tools

LibPAS is the tool used by the State Library to collect Public Library Survey data. The tool allows libraries to recreate reports, brochures and other handouts using their statistics. Available to North Carolina public libraries; password required.

For more data about NC public libraries, or to download advocacy materials and data analysis reports, please visit North Carolina Public Library Data.

IMLS: Compare Public Libraries allows users to compare one library with others, using data from over 9,000 public libraries.

Library Research Service reports statistics on topics of interest to public, school, and academic libraries; conducts studies on major issues; and provides access to resources and tools for libraries.

Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study assesses public access to computers, the Internet, and Internet-related services in public libraries. Related topical briefs, such as Job-Seeking in U.S. Public Libraries and U.S. Public Libraries & E-Government Services are also available.

Information Policy and Access Center provides access to one-page state summaries for E-government and Employment, along with four issue briefs in the areas of Broadband, Community Access, E-government, and Employment.

U. S. Impact Survey investigated ways U.S. library patrons use computers and the Internet at public libraries, why they use it, and how it affects their lives. Two reports were published: Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries (March 2010) and Opportunity for All: How Library Policies and Practices Impact Public Internet Access (June 2011). Public libraries can now conduct their own local IMPACT Study, at their convenience, using the online IMPACT Survey.

Demographics & Statistical Information Services, State Library of North Carolina, is a source for population, housing, business and government statistics about North Carolina, including data from the U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina state agencies, and other state and federal sources.