Research & Statistics

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The Mission of the Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) is to provide leadership and expert advice to ALA staff, members and public on all matters related to research and statistics about libraries, librarians and other library staff; represent the Association to Federal agencies on these issues; and initiate projects needed to expand the knowledge base of the field through research and the collection of useful statistics.


ALA to present at public federal hearing this Thursday

[Press Release]

On Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 9:30–11:30 a.m., leaders from the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” a public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that will explore the need for high-speed broadband in American libraries. Larra Clark, director of the ALA Program on Networks, and Linda Lord, ALA E-rate Task Force Chair and Maine State Librarian, will present on two panels.

A YouTube link to the webcast hearing, which starts on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. eastern time.


Read the latest about the Digital Inclusion Study, documenting the impact of libraries in areas of digital literacy, economic and workforce development, civic engagement, educational support, health information and public access to the internet. Subscribe to the ORS on Twitter for the latest news and links.

People & Partnerships

ORS depends on a variety of committees, staff, and round tables to accomplish its mission.

ORS partners with the Institute of Museum and Library Services Library Statistics Working Group, the National Information Standards Organization, the International Standards Organization and the Digital Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Initiatives & Projects

ORS work focuses on member engagement activities including awards, conducting research studies about libraries and librarianship and providing research & statistics resources to members, the library community and staff.

Research & Statistics Resources

ALA Library Fact Sheets - Frequently-asked questions about libraries.

Libraries Matter - a listing of studies that are useful in making the case about the value of libraries to community members and other stakeholders.

Research and Statistics about libraries - research-related content and links to statistical resources about libraries and librarianship.

Popular Resources

The ALA Library responds to inquiries from staff, members, and others interested in research. The Library produces ALA Library Fact Sheets to answer frequently asked questions about libraries.

The ALA Office for Advocacy offers Advocacy University and Quotable Facts About America's Libraries, along with news and other resources.

ALA's Transforming Libraries site is a resource for librarians looking for creative ways to meet the challenges posed by emerging technologies. ALA's EBooks & Digital Content site is a resource for specific questions about digital content, and communicating the continued relevance of libraries with local media.

For the latest trends in the world of library research and statistics, see Research on Libraries and Librarianship: Yearly Article in Library and Book Trade Almanac.