Deadline to participate in the PLDS Statistical Report Survey extended to March 31

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/22/2011


Amy Sargent

CHICAGO — There is still time to be a part of the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report, an annual publication from the Public Library Association (PLA). The extended deadline to submit library information is March 31, 2011.

All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are invited to visit the PLDS survey website and use the library’s individual PLDS ID number and password. Libraries that have not received a PLDS ID and password can email Virgil Varvel ( at the University of Illinois to request it.

Published annually since 1988, the PLDS Statistical Report presents timely and topical data to assist public library administrators in making informed management decisions. Data areas include financials, resources and per capita, annual use and technology. The PLDS Statistical Report is compiled from voluntary surveys submitted by public libraries across the U.S. and Canada.

PLA publishes the report both in print and digitally. The digital database offers greater flexibility, allowing users to search, filter and customize their dataset. A subscription to the PLDS Database provides unlimited Web access for one year to all data and reports from 2006. Advance orders are now being accepted for the 2011 PLDS Statistical Report (print and digital versions).

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.