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Data Sources

• Library and Information Statistics Unit (LISU)
Provides access to educational statistics for the United Kingdom.  While some data is available only to subscribers, the Library Information and Statistics Tables (LIST) are available to anyone.

• Library and Research Center (LARC) – Fact Sheets
Includes fact sheets on a variety of library issues including number of libraries, expenditures, use, marketing, collections, etc.

• Library Statistics Program
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) initiated a formal library statistics program in 1989 that now includes surveys on academic libraries, public libraries, school library media centers, and state library agencies.

• National Center for Education Statistics — Public, Academic, State, and Federal Library Statistics
Includes links to statistics resources for:  Academic Libraries, Federal Libraries and Information Centers, Library Cooperatives, Public Libraries, School Library Media Centers, and State Library Agencies.

State Public Library Statistics
Developed by the Library Research Service, this website provides links to public library statistics maintained on state library websites.


Other Web Sites of Interest

• Forum on Library Statistics and Performance Measures Webography
Provides links to associations, bibliographies, and other websites with information about library statistics and performance metrics.  Sponsored by NISO (National Information Standards Organization), the bibliography includes sections on academic, school, public, and special libraries.

• Libraries: How They Stack Up.
Prepared by OCLC and available as a pdf file, this online report documents the economic impact of libraries and provides some unique statistical information not easily found elsewhere.

• Library Statistics & Measures
Compiled by Joe Ryan, this online listing of websites provides links to resources based on library type and geography.  Other links of interest to the area of library statistics are also included.