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IMLS releases 2013 Public Library Survey Results!

2016 March 15
by Katherine Adelberg

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released the 2013 Public Libraries in the United States Survey. The report provides local, state, and national information about the nation’s 9,000 public libraries and their 16,500 branches and bookmobiles.

“The data from the Public Library Survey tell the story of how public libraries all across America are being responsive to the needs of communities,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “I am proud that IMLS funding and research reveals the continued important role that public libraries play as valued institutions in communities across the nation.”

Here are some highlights from the report:

  • There were 96.5 million attendees at almost 4.3 million public programs at public libraries in FY 2013, an increase in attendance of 28.6 percent for all programs since 2006. The role of public libraries as community gathering places is bolstered by these increases.
  • Attendance at children’s programs has increased by 29.7 percent over 10 years, with 67.4 million attendees at children’s programs and 6.1 million attendees at programs for young adults.
  • In FY 2013, 6,569 public libraries reported having e-books, an increase of 14.6 percent from FY 2012.

The data you provide in the Annual Report helps provide this snapshot of public libraries nationwide.

The 2015 Texas Public Library Annual Report is due April 30th, but we recommend submitting it by the end of March to allow time for review.

A few resources to help:

  • Introduction to the 2015 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report – archived webinar provides an introduction for beginners, or anyone needing a refresher.
  • Accreditation Status and Planning  (ASAP) Report for the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report – register for this upcoming webinar scheduled for April 5th at 2:00pm Central. Once your library’s report is submitted, staff at TSLAC complete an analysis of the data for any potential errors or accreditation issues. You are then sent the ASAP (Accreditation Status and Planning) Report, which outlines the accreditation issues, possible calculation errors, and any requests for clarification. Learn how to quickly determine whether the library’s report needs amending or if your library may have an accreditation issue.

Please contact Stacey Malek (, 800-252-9386) or Valicia Greenwood (, 800-252-9386) with any questions about the Annual Report or accreditation.

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