Library Data Services
The Nebraska Library Commission collects statistical data about public libraries and produces a variety of data products.
Library Data Services is responsible for implementing the annual Public
Library Survey, assisting Nebraska libraries in submitting the data, and
reporting some of this information to the appropriate federal agencies.
Library Data Services also provides information and data in support of Library
Commission administrative, planning, and evaluation activities.
Public Library Survey
Each year the Nebraska Library
Commission, along with other state library agencies, collects statistical data
from all public libraries in the state. This annual library survey
includes data elements about funding, expenditures, library usage, collections,
programs, and staffing. The data collected is useful for planning and
evaluation purposes and can be utilized to demonstrate the need for financial
support from funding sources and policy makers at the state and local level.
Submitting this annual statistical survey through
is also required to become eligible for the public library
and the state aid to public libraries program.
Some information collected through this survey is reported to the
Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the The Public Library
Statistics Cooperative (PLSC), in cooperation with the U.S.
Census Bureau. The results of state library surveys are used to compile a
national database of public library statistics. This database is utilized by the IMLS
Compare Public Libraries tool and the IMLS Public Library Locator. These applications allow libraries
to find comparison data and create charts to illustrate specific
library strengths and areas of need.
Public Library Statistical Data
Library Data Services provides a
compilation of the Nebraska public library data each year and makes this
information available for viewing or downloading. Also available on this
page are links to other resources on the topic of library statistics.
Page last modified 01.16.2013
Nebraska Public Library Statistical Files
Individual Nebraska Library Quick Facts
Nebraska Public Library
Statistics Infographic A data visualization brochure highlighting the 2010-2011 public library
statistics for Nebraska.
I created a Word Cloud
of all the narratives from the 2010-2011 Nebraska Public Library
Survey. Take a look at what shows up as the most frequently mentioned
Interactive Map of Nebraska
Public Libraries. (Updated
11.21.2012 with 2010-2011 data) Click on a map marker and
get library statistical information.
NCompass Live: Presenting Data in Meaningful and Interesting Ways.
A recording of this January 13, 2010 presentation.
Using Charts to Display Data.
A brief table of chart types and when to use them in data presentations.
Hennen's American Public
Library Ratings have been published since 1999. HALPR
identifies the public libraries in the U.S. with the highest input and
LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012
is another tool libraries can use for
self-assessment and constructive comparison with other libraries.
Public library statistics
from other states are available through the Colorado
Library Research Service
Libraries tool from the Institute of Library & Museum Services
Learn about the IMLS
Statistics About Libraries page from the American Library Association
Office for Research & Statistics
Statistics are gathered from academic libraries by the National Center for
Educational Statistics every two years (even-numbered) through their
Library Statistics Program.
Who's in the Queue? A
Demographic Analysis of Public Access Computer Users and Uses in U.S.
Public Libraries. Manjarrez, C., & Shoembs, K.
2011.Research Brief series, no. 4 (IMLS-2011-RB-04). Washington, DC:
Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding &
Technology Access Study 2011-2012 reports on the latest American
Library Association investigation of how public libraries are coping with
demands for technology-based services.
Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet
Access at U.S. Libraries. The U.S. Impact Study,
conducted by the Information School at the University of Washington,
published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), March
For general census data, visit the official site of the
The State Data Center at UNO is a great source for Nebraska statistics. It
is part of the Center for
Public Affairs Research (CPAR).