PLDS and PLAmetrics

Public Library Data Service

The ​Public Library Data Service (PLDS) fiscal year 2013 data is now available, and includes a special section on outcome measures. This valuable data from more than 1,100 North American libraries can be accessed and customized through the online data portal PLAmetrics.

The PLDS captures valuable, data (voluntarily submitted annually) on staffing, operating finances, output measures, interlibrary loaning, and technology provisions, from public libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, each year's survey contains a special survey highlighting statistics on one service area or public library topic.

For an overview of the FY2012 data, see the article "The Public Library Data Service Statistical Report: Characteristics and Trends," which was published in the March/April 2014 issue of Public Libraries.

PLAmetrics: a PLDS Online Database

PLAmetrics logoPLAmetrics is the online portal to the PLDS. An annual subscription to PLAmetrics offers the most efficient, customized, and user-friendly way to analyze all the data that PLDS provides. With PLAmetrics, subscribers can access not only PLDS data (2002–2013), but also public-use IMLS data (1998–2011), and then take advantage of unique sorting and reporting features. Data can be employed for peer comparisons, benchmarking and/or trend analyses, as well as to meet local, custom needs.

Subscriptions to PLAmetrics

Subscriptions include 24/7 access to PLAmetrics from any web-enabled device for one year. Subscription costs are:

  • Previous year PLDS contributors/previous online subscribers: $200
  • PLA Members: $250
  • Nonmembers: $300

Visit for more details and to purchase a subscription. Have questions? Contact Ryan Patrick, customer support specialist, Counting Opinions, or 866-850-8366.

Get an Inside Look at PLAmetrics

Whether you’re already a PLAmetrics subscriber or just considering a subscription, check out this free on-demand webinar: "PLAmetrics: How to Make Public Library Data Work for You." Learn how to navigate available data, make the most of reporting templates, and create your own dataset.

Don’t have time to build your own report?

Get a customized PLAmetrics report. The data collected for the PLDS is versatile and can be manipulated to provide a customized report about how your library compares to other libraries. The basic fee is $100/hour for PLAmetrics subscribers, $150/hour for non-subscribers. If you are interested in learning more about customized reports, contact Ryan Patrick, customer support specialist, Counting Opinions, or 866-850-8366.

2011 PLDS Statistical Report

PLA discontinued printing a paper report in 2011. This final report, 2011 PLDS Statistical Report cover imagethe 2011 PLDS Statistical Report, which includes a special survey on library finance, is available from the ALA Store. An overview of the 2011 data is provided in the Public Libraries article, "The Public Library Data Service 2011 Statistical Report: Characteristics and Trends" (PDF, 9 pgs.).