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Explore Public Libraries Survey (PLS) Data
Explore the data from the Public Libraries Survey (PLS) through our online publications, tools, and APIs or access the downloadable data files to conduct your own research.
Learn about PLS data: what and how data are collected, and how you can use the various tools to access it.
Access the downloadable data files and APIs for PLS data from FY 1992 to present to conduct your own research. Gain insights from IMLS publications about PLS, including PLS annual reports, research briefs, supplementary data tables, and other research dating from 1988.
Use the online search and discovery tools in our data catalog to dig into the PLS data from FY 2014 and earlier fiscal years. Explore the PLS visualizations and datasets to find information on state-level profiles, public library systems, and main libraries, branches, and bookmobiles.
Check out the Census Bureau’s Hot Reports for state-level information on public libraries, demographics, children and education, and business and income.
Use the Census Bureau’s DataFerrett to investigate PLS data combined with other federal, state, and local data to suit your needs. Analyze PLS state summary, administrative entity, and outlet data from FY 2007 through FY 2014 in conjunction with data from the American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Decennial Census, Census Population Estimates, etc.