Academic Library Statistics

The ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey is administered by the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board and is the largest survey of academic libraries in the country, providing one of the most comprehensive portraits of the impact that academic libraries have across the U.S. The ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey is composed of three parts:

  • Questions from the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component. Every institution of higher education receiving federal funding must respond to the IPEDS survey. The ACRL survey asks every library question required by IPEDS, with instructions and definitions completely aligned since 2015. ACRL survey results are available quickly: typically three months after the survey closes.
  • A selection of questions about academic libraries not included in IPEDS, which IPEDS sometimes use as test questions for future surveys.
  • A section of questions about library trends; every year features a different topic. In 2020, we are asking questions about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).

Please see the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey LibGuide for more information about the current ACRL survey including a link to the survey, instructions, worksheet, and FAQ.

Nine Reasons to Contribute to the Survey

  1. Contribution of your data is extremely valuable for your colleagues
  2. Help to ensure that we have the data to assess trends in 21st-century academic libraries
  3. Compile a national overview of the overall resources and impact of academic libraries 
  4. Provide the profession with timely data to inform decision making at a wide variety of institutions
  5. Help colleagues and researchers facilitate comparisons through benchmarking within peer groups
  6. Help libraries present data that demonstrate the value we provide to our institutions and beyond
  7. Help make a case in a research study
  8. Inform the academic library profession globally
  9. Complete two surveys in one: if you complete the ACRL survey first, your ACRL data can be easily uploaded to IPEDs

ACRL Metrics

ACRL Metrics provides online access to the ACRL and NCES Academic Library Survey data from 2000 to 2018. Functionality includes searching, selection of peer institutions, designation of criteria for comparison, and display and/or download of data for comprehensive customized reports.

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