Library Statistics
State Library Services' mission is to provide accurate library statistical  information about public libraries, regional library systems, school media centers/libraries and the state library administrative agency. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) collects library program statistics and financial data. Policymakers, regional library administrators and the general public can use the statistical data to plan and evaluate library development and services.

Data for public, academic and state library agencies is available from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Visit the IMLS’s research page to access a wide-ranging collection of resources.

Public Library Statistics

The statistics available here pertain to public libraries in Minnesota. To develop charts and tables comparing local public library program outputs with those of other U.S. public libraries, Minnesota public libraries can visit the Counting Opinions Library Performance Assessment (LibPAS) website or contact us by e-mail or phone. This service is funded annually through the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

View the individual public library reports 2007-2012. For earlier reports, contact State Library Services.

The Minnesota Office of the Revisor requires all local library boards to file annual reports with MDE. Use the link provided at right to view the full text of Minnesota Statutes, section 134.13.

School Library Media Center Statistics

Twenty years of nationally recognized research demonstrates that school library media center programs support a strong educational system and promote higher student test scores. In order to document the status of Minnesota school libraries, a Library Services and Technology Act grant was provided in 2002 and 2004 to Metronet for collection of statistics from K-12 schools. View the census data on the Metronet website.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) State Library Services division began collecting Minnesota public school library program and services statistics and financial data in the 2007-2008 school year. School library, district and school staff may access a database to develop charts and tables comparing school library program services and finances with comparable Minnesota school libraries.

Start here to access school library media center data through the State Library Services website maintained by Counting Opinions. Minnesota residents may also access this database by contacting State Library Services.This service is funded annually through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program.

School library data is collected on the following schedule:

  • School library staff submit service and program information between April 15 and June 30 for the concluding school year.
  • Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment school-wide reading percentages for Meets Expectations and Exceeds Expectations become available in September for the previous school year.
  • Expenditure information for the school year for individual schools becomes available in March of the following calendar year.