Preservation Statistics

Preservation StatisticsThe Preservation Statistics Survey is a project to document and analyze the preservation activities of cultural heritage institutions in the United States.

Preservation activities encompass a broad range of tasks to assure the long-term access to traditional and digital cultural heritage collections in libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and more. The Preservation Statistics Survey records how these preservation programs are administered (leadership, staffing, and funding) as well as preventive preservation activities (library binding, mass deacidification, environmental monitoring, disaster planning, outreach, training, and others), conservation activities, reformatting and digitization activities, and digital preservation responsibilities.

New! For more information about the history of the ARL and ALA Preservation Statistics programs, read our 2016 paper "Do You Count? The Revitalization of a National Preservation Statistics Program" in Library Resources and Technical Services V. 60, Issue 1.  

Surveys, Reports, and Data


New!  The FY2015 Preservation Statistics Survey is open and the deadline has been extended to Friday, March 18, 2016.  Count what you do and show preservation counts!

Preview and download the FY2015 survey questionnaire (.pdf), review the FY2015 Instructions and Definitions document (.pdf), then visit the online survey to enter your data.  If helpful, use the Excel spreadsheet to track your data.  

Joshua Ranger, Senior Consultant with AVPreserve, will serve as our inaugural Guest Curator for the FY2015 Survey.  Josh will provide a fresh perspective to our data analysis process, examining the survey data to identify emerging trends especially in the area of audio/video preservation and digitization.  We are excited to have Josh on board for the upcoming year and look forward to inviting other area specialists from the preservation community to join us in the Guest Curator role annually.


The FY2014 Preservation Statistics Report (.pdf) provides analysis of the survey results, including examinations of trends in libraries and other cultural heritage institutions from 2000-2014.  

Download the full FY2014 Preservation Statistics Survey data set (.xlsx) and the Total Library Expenditure (TLE) scaled data for 2012-2014 (.xlsx), helpful for tracking trends over time, while accounting for the varying respondent pool.  See “Using the Survey Data to Track Long-Term Trends” in the FY2014 Report for additional explanation of how TLE is used in our analysis.   

Download the FY2014 survey questionnaire (.pdf) and the FY2014 Instructions and Definitions document (.pdf). Check out the Preservation Statistics worksheet (.xlsx) that helped track and calculate statistics.


FY2013 Preservation Statistics InfographicThe FY2013 Preservation Statistics Report (.pdf) provides analysis of the survey results, including examinations of trends in libraries from 2000-2013, based on statistics from the FY2012 survey and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) preservation statistics survey.  

Download the full FY2013 Preservation Statistics Survey data set (.xlsx)

Check out our FY2013 Preservation Statistics Infographic -  Preview PNG (via Google Drive - 1.8MB) | Large PNG (via Google Drive - 6.4MB) | Full Size PDF (8.5 MB)

Download the FY2013 survey questionnaire (.pdf) and the FY2013 Instructions and Definitions document (.pdf). Check out the FY2013 Preservation Statistics worksheet (.xlsx) that helped track and calculate statistics.


The FY2012 Preservation Statistics Report analyzes the data collected in the FY2012 survey, which was open to all cultural heritage institutions in the US that conducted preservation activities. 

Download the full FY2012 Preservation Statistics Survey data set (.xlsx)

View the FY2012 survey questionnaire (.pdf) and the FY2012 Instructions and Definitions Document (.pdf).

Preservation Metrics

In spring 2015, Preservation And Reformatting Section (PARS) Chair Kara McClurken surveyed the preservation community to better understand how we are using data from preservation metrics.  Broadly defined, preservation metrics includes national efforts such as this Preservation Statistics Survey and the Heritage Health Information 2014 survey as well as local data gathering efforts within institutions and at the regional level within consortiums.  View the results of the Preservation Metrics survey presented at the PARS Fourm, ALA Annual 2015.  

Contact Us

Preservation Statistics is a project of the Preservation Standards and Practices Committee of the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). Contact survey coordinators Annie Peterson and Holly Robertson at