Public Library Statistics

Public Library Statistics

The Montana State Library Public Library Annual Statistical Report, also referred to as the Public Libraries Survey, provides statistics on the status of public libraries in Montana. The submission is an essential standard as outlined in Administrative Rules of Montana 10.102.1150A Public Library Standards: General. These statistics are in turn submitted to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), allowing peer comparisons between libraries of similar variables across the country.

Data includes information about library visits, circulation, size of collections, public service hours, staffing, electronic resources, operating revenues and expenditures and number of service outlets. These data are used by federal, state and local officials, professional associations, and local practitioners for planning, evaluation, and policy making.

The FY2020 Public Library Annual Statistical Report will be open in October. Library directors will be notified of the opening date and submission deadlines.

Bibliostat Collect 

This tool is used to collect data for the Public Library Annual Statistical Report. Library directors should contact the Data Coordinator for login information.

Bibliostat Collect instructions

Bibliostat Connect 

This tool is used to view and compare data from the Public Library Annual Statistical Report. Library directors should contact the Data Coordinator for login information.

Bibliostat Connect instructions

MLA presentation on using Bibliostat Connect

Data Elements Guide

This guide explains the various sections of the Public Library Annual Statistical Report and provides guidance on what information should be collected for each element.

Data Elements List

This document lists the data elements for the Public Library Annual Statistical Report and can be used as a quick reference while compiling data.

Electronic Materials Instructions

This document provides guidance on categorizing electronic materials such as databases, e-books, and video content.

Virtual Program Instructions

This document provides guidance on counting virtual program statistics. Virtual programming is a new addition to the report, and will be voluntary for FY2020.

Additional Links

IMLS Data Catalog

Montana Public Library Statistics Annual Reports, 1998-2016

Montana Public Library Statistics Charts and Reports, 1999-2016

Montana Public Library Statistics Data File, 2007-2019*

*This spreadsheet contains data collected in the Montana Public Libraries Survey. Please view the Data Elements Guide for information on the data elements listed. Shaded cells indicate that the data element is not available for a particular reporting year.