Alaska Public Library Statistics FY1987 - Date
Alaska's public libraries file an annual report each year with the Alaska State Library in order to remain eligible for the annual public library assistance grant. The state data from these annual reports is published as spreadsheets [Excel]. The Excel spreadsheets include the entire data set collected annually.
This data is submitted each year to the Public Libraries in the United States Survey, which compiles data from over 9,000 public libraries located in every state. The National Center for Education Statistics operated this program from 1989 to 2007. The Institute of Museum and Library Services became responsible for this program in late 2007. The national data is recorded in the publication Public Libraries in the United States Survey, as well as the data tables found on this page.
The purpose for the public libraries statistics program states: "Public libraries across the nation fill important educational, informational, economic, cultural, and recreational needs of the people they serve. Their continuing ability to fill these needs is essential to the life of the nation. Reliable, consistent public library statistics will provide both the basis for effective management and a continuing assessment of the status of public libraries."
These annual spreadsheets (XSLX) and Comma Separated Values (CSV) files include data for every question asked on the annual report form sent to every Alaska public library. The annual report form asks questions that are sent to every public library in the country as part of the national public library statistics program described above; the form also asks questions that are collected on a statewide basis alone.
National Library Statistics Resources
The Library Statistics Program from the National Center for Education Statistics provides links to statistics for academic libraries (1988 to date) and school libraries (1953 to date).
The Library Statistics Programs from the Institute of Museum and Library Services provides links to statistics for public libraries (1989 to date) and state libraries (1994 to date).
The Research and Statistics About Libraries page from Colorado's Library Research Service reports and analyzes statistics on school, public, and academic libraries, and conducts studies on major library issues that are reported in their Fast Facts and Closer Look series.
The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics provides links to a wide variety of information about libraries in the United States.
Page last updated 05/14/2019