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IMLS Seeks Comments on Public Library Survey

Friday, August 27, 2010


IMLS Press Contacts
Jeannine Mjoseth,
Mamie Bittner,

Washington, DC—In a Federal Register notice published on Monday August 23, 2010, IMLS issued a call for comments on its Public Library Survey. The survey provides essential data about public library service in the US including service hours, book circulation, number of librarians, service area population, technology and more.

The survey is made possible through the cooperation of state libraries that provide data each year and through an agreement with the US Census Bureau. Analysis of survey data has led to policy and funding decisions that improve library service in the United States.

For results and analysis of the most recent survey, see IMLS FY2008 Public Libraries Survey Report. For recent analysis see Service Trends in US Public Libraries and Libraries Use Broadband to Serve High Need Communities.

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 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit