Academic Library Research

About this page

For researchers interested in libraries in a college or university setting, this page contains links to resources about academic library research.


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Current Research


LibQUAL+ uses a rigorously tested Web-based survey bundled with training to help libraries solicit, track, understand and act upon users' opinions of service quality. LIBQUAL+ enables systematic assessment and measurement of library service quality, over time and across institutions.

Recent Research

Data sets

Academic Library Survey 1996-2012 in CSV | XLS | SAS | FLAT FILE formats

National statistics on academic libraries, compiled by the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). NCES collected data biennially from about 3,700 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in order to provide an overview of academic libraries nationwide and by state. The data collection has been relocated to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) yearly collection; data sets from 1996-2012 are available for use.

Publications and resources

Academic Library Survey Reports

Reports from national studies on academic libraries, compiled by the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), providing an overview of academic libraries nationwide and by state.

Value of Academic Libraries Resource page - Association of College and Research Libraries

ACRL developed and compiled a set of resources on developing research that will support advocacy efforts for academic and research libraries, including the Value of Academic Libraries report, available as a PDF.

ARL Statistics 2011–2012 [SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED]

ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 125 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2011-2012. See also selected graphs of trends emerging from data collected as part of the Statistics & Assessment program [FREE].


Academic Library Compare Tool

From the National Center for Education Statistics, the Compare Tool helps you assess your academic and research library needs and plans in context and in comparison with other academic and research libraries. The site allows you to create reports comparing one library of interest to other libraries.


College & Research Libraries

College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News) provides articles on the latest trends and practices affecting academic and research libraries and serves as the official newsmagazine and publication of record of ACRL.


The Journal of Academic Librarianship

The Journal of Academic Librarianship is an international and refereed journal which publishes articles that focus on problems and issues germane to college and university libraries.

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