National Reports and Data Sets


US Census Bureau - Use the Explore Census Data analysis and extraction tool to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements or visit Quick Facts or the American Community Survey to find your community's demographic profile. Not used to using census data? Check out their data gems - webinars, videos and tutorials.

StatsAmerica provides actionable data for economic developers to use in site requests, developing metrics, grant writing and strategic planning. It's a service of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and in partnership with the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration.

National Center for Education Statistics - (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration is part of the Department of Commerce and offers data and analysis on computer and Internet use in the United States.

Bureau of Labor Statistics- the federal agency that collects data in the field of labor economics and statistics.

Bureau of Economic Analysis - (BEA) this federal agency produces economic statistics so that citizens can better understand the economy.

IRS Tax Statistics - search tax data



Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Pew publishes in depth, data driven reports on presentations on libraries and other topics. Library Typology Quiz - use this library engagement quiz to gather information for your library and community.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has published many studies on libraries

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Data Center - IMLS is the federal funding agency for libraries and museums.  The data catalog holds data on IMLS grants administration and data about museums, libraries, and related organizations. Hot Report is a graphical illustration of library annual report data and census data for each state.

Library Research Service conducts research about libraries, provides statistics and analyses to library stakeholders, and works with colleagues in the Colorado library community and beyond to use data more effectively and persuasively.

Webjunction is the place where the library profession gathers to build the knowledge, skills and support needed to power relevant, vibrant libraries. Explore the knowledge base of articles, webinars and courses.

PLA Metrics is your portal to the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report digital database. The database offers you access to all the yearly PLDS data currently available (FY2002-FY2013) and access to the IMLS data (FY2000-FY2010). The Report is compiled from surveys submitted by public libraries across the United States and Canada and presents timely and topical data on finances, library resources, annual use figures and technology to assist public library administrators in making informed management decisions. In addition, each annual PLDS Report contains a special survey highlighting statistics on one service area or public library topic.

Facts About Public Libraries - The Libraries for Real Life website has compiled useful national facts about public libraries and their economic impact.