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Public Libraries Data, 1988: [United States] (ICPSR 2211)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics


The purpose of this survey was to identify the cooperative library organizations within the United States and to gather information about these organizations. In this survey the Federal/State Cooperative System for Public Library Data collected 34 basic data items for each library and 7 identifying items. The data items include number of service outlets, full-time equivalent staff, income, operational expenditures, capital outlay, library collection, public service hours per week, services per typical week, and inter-library loans. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia agreed to participate in this program.

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. PUBLIC LIBRARIES DATA, 1988: [UNITED STATES]. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept.of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [producer], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02211.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02211.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    expenditures, facilities, income, library collections, library services, loans, personnel, public libraries

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988

Universe:    State library agencies in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook and data collection instrument are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2002-04-19



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