Preservation Statistics

Preservation Statistics logoThe 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.

Now Available: The FY2013 Preservation Statistics Survey

Any library in the United States conducting preservation activities may complete this survey, which will be open from January 15, 2014 through April 30, 2014.

Download the survey questionnaire (.pdf) and the Instructions and Definitions document (.pdf) to assist planning and collection of data. Check out the new Preservation Statistics worksheet (.xlsx) to help track and calculate your statistics. Finally, visit the Preservation Statistics Survey on SurveyMonkey to enter your data.

FY2012 Survey: Report & Results

Sixty-two cultural heritage institutions participated in the pilot FY2012 Preservation Statistics Survey. Any cultural heritage institution (library, museum, archives, or historical society) in the United States with preservation activities was invited to complete this pilot version of the survey, which was open from April to August 2013.

The FY2012 Preservation Statistics Report provides analysis of the survey results, including an examination of preservation trends in academic and research libraries from 2007 to 2012 based on statistics provided by the thirty-four Association of Research Library (ARL) members who participated in this pilot survey.

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

Download the survey data by section:

View the FY2012 Preservation Statistics Survey questionnaire (.pdf)

Access the FY2012 Preservation Statistics Survey: Instructions and Definitions document (.pdf)

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