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Data Collection & Statistics

Public Library Annual Survey

The Office of Library and Information Services collects and analyzes financial, service and staffing data from Rhode Island public libraries on an annual basis through the Public Library Annual Survey. The survey is administered using the Counting Opinions LibPAS online survey tool. The Public Library Annual Survey also serves as the certification and application process for State Aid to Libraries, often referred to as Grant-in-Aid. Public libraries applying for State Aid to Libraries must submit the Public Library Annual Report each year.

Data from the Public Library Annual Survey is available publicly in the Comparable Statistics section of the OLIS website. The most current year's data available is fiscal year 2016.

FY2017 Public Library Annual Survey

The FY2017 survey is now closed. The survey was open for data entry from Monday July 17, 2017 and closed Friday September 15, 2017 at 4:00pm. All supporting forms and documentation were to be submitted to the OLIS office by that date as well.

The reporting period for the FY2017 survey is July, 1 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Public libraries can enter survey data by logging into the Counting Opinions LibPAS online survey tool.

Key Documents


Guidance on questions OLIS recieves from libraries will be posted here.

Prefillled Data in Section 4: Collection and Section 5: Collection Use

Data about each libraries' collection and collection use(circulation) has been gathered from Sierra and prefilled into the survey this year. The data was gathered using the following reports and temaplates provided by Ocean State Libraries (OSL):

Reports of Annual Survey Data for Public Library Staff

Several templates have been created to allow public library staff to quickly obtain data about their library and compare it to others.  Staff can also design their own custom reports. Reports can be accessed through the Counting Opinions LibPAS online survey tool (username and password required.)The following resources are available to assist Public Libraries in generating annual survey data reports: