Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014

See also

  • Wisconsin Public Library Service Trends 1990-2014. Line chart of:
    • Total Circulation
    • Library Visits
    • Interlibrary Loans
    • State Population
    • Reference Transactions
    • Program Attendance
  • Public Library Population Estimates 2005-14
  • Fast Facts about Wisconsin Public Libraries
  • LibPAS Report Templates: Comparison Reports and Charts
  • Discovering Your Data: Where It Is and How Libraries Can Use It
  • Library and System Annual Report support documents
  • Wisconsin Public Library Directories

Preliminary 2014 Wisconsin Public Library Service Data at the library, county, system, and state level is now available. Library directors are asked to review their library's data and send any questions to libraryreport@dpi.wi.gov.

Final Wisconsin data will be available after IMLS reviews and accepts Wisconsin's 2014 public library data submission (probably late August); however, the preliminary data may be useful for planning and comparison purposes, as well as for preliminary budget preparation.

The Division does not publish 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 1996-2014 are listed below.

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, audio, video, 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
(Service Data is in Excel files)

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
2004
2005
2006
2007

2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014 PRELIMINARY

Statistics at the County Level

Includes county-wide statistics arranged alphabetically by county.

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007

2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014 PRELIMINARY

Statistics at the Public Library Level

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

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007

2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014 PRELIMINARY

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
2004
2005
2006
2007

2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014 PRELIMINARY

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