PLA opens Public Library Data Service survey for Fiscal 2018

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/18/2019


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO — All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are invited to complete an important survey, which collects important information on public libraries' finances, resources, service usage and technology from Fiscal Year 2018. A summary of the survey data is published annually in PLA's Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report. The FY 2018 survey is opening later in the year due to administrative delays.

Participation is free. Once the data are available, in the summer, PLDS participants will receive complimentary access to the summary reports and a downloadable version of their individual library's data.

To participate, please visit Returning users may use the credentials they created in years past and new users must create a PLDS account. The deadline to submit survey data is May 30, 2019.

Questions about the PLDS survey may be emailed to

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The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or