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IMLS Releases Annual Data on American Public Libraries

June 7, 2019

IMLS Releases Annual Data on American Public Libraries
Survey Results from 9,000 Library Systems Now Available

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services today released the latest data from its 2017 Public Libraries Survey. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2017 data, documentation and supplementary tables

Each year since 1988, the survey has provided a national census of America’s public libraries. The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. 

Earlier this week, the agency also released a report on the 2016 data, which is available online

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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