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Data Collection and Statistics: Public Libraries Survey

On this guide you will find information regarding required surveys, training tools and resources.

Local Support for Public Libraries in Tennessee Counties


Tennessee Public Library Statistics

The State Library and Archives participates in the national Public Library Survey collected by the U.S Census Bureau and administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Many data elements in the Tennessee Public Library Survey form correspond to those required for participation in the national survey, ensuring that Tennessee's public library statistics are comparable to those of the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.

START HERE: Annual Data Collection

The PLS survey closed on September 30, 2020.

Link to survey through Counting Opinions at

Need your log in information?
Contact Christy Chandler at

EXCITING NEWS! Need data for your library at the click of a button? Check out Tennessee Libraries by the Numbers.


What is your Library worth to you?

How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?
  • Enter in the left-hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
  • Estimated retail value of each service will be calculated on the right.
  • Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Use the "Tab" key to move between entries. Enter numbers into the form only, and do not use commas.

Value of Library Services
Input Your UseLibrary ServiceValue of
Use of Other Database Searches like Tennessee Electronic Library

The calculator worksheet has been adapted from the downloadable spreadsheet,  Maine State Library added extra accessibility coding and reformatting for ease of reading online. This spreadsheet requires either Microsoft Excel or the free Excel Viewer. The Tennessee State Library and Archives would like to thank the Maine State Library for giving permission to adapt the calculator for Tennessee use.




Contact: Christy Chandler,
State Data Coordinator
or your  Regional Office