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

Published: Apr 19, 2002

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

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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.

United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics. Public Libraries Data, 1988:  [United States]  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002-04-19.

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

self-enumerated questionnaires

survey data



2002-04-19 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.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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