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 Libraries 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.
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, both for
Nebraska and for public libraries nationally.
Nebraska Public Library Data
Other Library Statistics
Articles and Other Resources About Statistics
Page last modified 06.19.2014
NCompass Live: Presenting Data in Meaningful and Interesting Ways.
A recording of this January 13, 2010 presentation.
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project conducted a
three-phase effort to study public libraries and how people use them.
Their survey reports can be found on the
Pew Internet >> Libraries
section of the website.
Using Charts to Display Data.
A brief table of chart types and when to use them in data presentations
Statistics About Libraries page from the American Library Association
Office for Research & Statistics
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 population and demographic 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).