For immediate release | February 17, 2015

PLA encourages public libraries to participate in annual PLDS survey

CHICAGO —The Public Library Association (PLA) is encouraging all public libraries in the U.S. and Canada to participate in the annual Public Library Data Service (PLDS) survey. The survey collects information from public libraries on finances, resources, service usage and technology. A summary of the survey data is published annually in the PLDS Statistical Report. The survey closes on March 31, 2015.

All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are invited to participate by visiting the PLDS survey website and using their individual PLDS ID number and password. Libraries that have not received a PLDS ID and password can register online.

The value of the survey data is enhanced by the participation of all libraries. Participants will have special access to the summary reports and discounts on access to the complete reports, later in the year. This year’s survey includes a special section related to the work being done by the Performance Measures Task Force (PMTF).

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or

The Public Library Association (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.


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing