Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - 2012

See also

  • Wisconsin Public Library Service Trends 1990-2012. Line chart of:
    • Total Circulation
    • Library Visits
    • Interlibrary Loans
    • State Population
    • Reference Transactions
    • Program Attendance
  • Fast Facts about Wisconsin Public Libraries
  • LibPAS Report Templates: Comparison Reports and Charts

Final 2012 Wisconsin Public Library Service Data is now available. Library directors are asked to review their library's data and report any corrections to libraryreport@dpi.wi.gov. Final 2012 data has been accepted by IMLS.

Final statistics for prior years are also available via the PDF and Excel links below. The Division no longer publishes a print version of Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

The Public Library Development Team annually collects statistics from the state's public libraries. Excel files of the statistics for 1996-2010 are listed below. (Statistics since 2003 are also available in PDF as noted.)

Note: For those seeking national library data, the national public library data can be found on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) website.

The Excel files of Wisconsin statistics include more than 115 data elements grouped by general categories. Most of the categories are further defined; for example, "collection" information includes volumes owned, added, A-V, and periodicals. Below are the general data elements. See the Wisconsin Public Library Annual Report Instructions for detailed definitions of all the data elements.

  • library/type
  • circulation
  • staffing
  • non-resident use
  • hours open
  • ILL statistics
  • income
  • expenditures
  • collections
  • programming
  • outputs
  • service population
Type of Statistics Year
(Data are in Excel files and PDF files as noted)

Statistics at the State and System Level

Includes state totals and averages along with system-wide statistics arranged alphabetically by system.

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

2002
2003 (PDF)
2004 (PDF)
2005 (PDF)
2006 (PDF)
2007

2008 (PDF)
2009 (PDF)
2010 (PDF)
2011
2012

Statistics at the County Level

Includes county-wide statistics arranged alphabetically by county.

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

2002
2003 (PDF)
2004 (PDF)
2005 (PDF)
2006 (PDF)
2007

2008 (PDF)
2009 (PDF)
2010 (PDF)
2011
2012

Statistics at the Public Library Level

Includes statistics for all public libraries in the state arranged by size of municipality.

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

2002
2003 (PDF)
2004 (PDF)
2005 (PDF)
2006 (PDF)
2007

2008 (PDF)
2009 (PDF)
2010 (PDF)
2011
2012

Statistics at the Public Library Level by System and County

Includes statistics for every public library, county, and system in the state. Arrangement is alphabetical by system, then county, then by each library. Summary county and system totals are also provided.

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

2002
2003 (PDF)
2004 (PDF)
2005 (PDF)
2006 (PDF)
2007 (PDF)

2008 (PDF)
2009 (PDF)
2010 (PDF)
2011
2012

Note: See the Wisconsin Public Library Directory for directory information.

For questions about this information, contact Jamie McCanless (608) 266-3939