About Public Library Statistics

The Montana State Library Public Library Annual Statistical Report, also referred to as the Public Libraries Survey (PLS), 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 FY 2022 Public Library Annual Statistical Report will open October 3, 2022 and close November 30, 2022. Library directors will be notified of their login details mid-September.

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. 

FY 2022 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. 

FY 2022 Bibliostat Connect Instructions

MLA presentation on using Bibliostat Connect 

FY 2022 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. 

FY 2022 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. 

 

 


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