Main Libraries, Branches, and Bookmobiles: FY 2015 Public Libraries Survey (Outlet Data)

data.imls.gov | Last Updated 21 Feb 2019

Find key information on main libraries, branches, and bookmobiles, including FSCS IDs, square footage, locale code, and location. These data include imputed values for libraries that did not submit information in the FY 2015 data collection. Imputation is a procedure for estimating a value for a specific data item where the response is missing. Download PLS data files to see imputation flag variables or learn more on the imputation methods used in FY 2015 at https://www.imls.gov/research-evaluation/data-collection/public-libraries-survey/explore-pls-data/pls-data

Tags: public library, 2015, outlet, fscs

This dataset has the following 20 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
STATEstatetext(STABR)
FSCS IDfscs_idtextFederal-State Cooperative System ID assigned to administrative entity to which outlet belongs (FSCSKEY)
FSCS ID_SEQfscs_id_seqtextUnique 3-digit suffix that distinguishes outlets associated with a library system (FSCS_SEQ)
LIBRARY IDlibrary_idtextState assigned identification code for the main library, branch or bookmobile (outlet) (LIBID)
LIBRARY NAMElibrary_nametextLegal name of main library, branch or bookmobile (outlet) (LIBNAME)
LIBRARY SYSTEMlibrary_systemtextThe library administrative entity of which this outlet is a part. (LIBSYSNAME)
PHONEphonetextBranch phone number (PHONE)
COUNTYcountytextCounty (CNTY)
LOCATIONlocationlocation
LOCALElocaletextUrban-centric locale code. The geographic location in terms of the size of the community in which it is located and the proximity of that community to urban and metropolitan areas. 11 - City, Large: Territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population of 250,000 or more. 12 - City, Midsize: Territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population less than 250,000 and greater than or equal to 100,000. 13 - City, Small: Territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population less than 100,000. 21 - Suburb, Large: Territory outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more. 22 - Suburb, Midsize: Territory outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area with population less than 250,000 and greater than or equal to 100,000. 23 - Suburb, Small: Territory outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area with population less than 100,000. 31 - Town, Fringe: Territory inside an urban cluster that is less than or equal to 10 miles from an urbanized area. 32 - Town, Distant: Territory inside an urban cluster that is more than 10 miles and less than or equal to 35 miles from an urbanized area. 33 - Town, Remote: Territory inside an urban cluster that is more than 35 miles from an urbanized area. 41 - Rural, Fringe: Census-defined rural territory that is less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster. 42 - Rural, Distant: Census-defined rural territory that is more than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is more than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster. 43 - Rural, Remote: Census-defined rural territory that is more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and is also more than 10 miles from an urban cluster.
COUNTY POPULATIONcounty_populationnumberCounty population (CNTYPOP)
OUTLET TYPEoutlet_typetextOutlet type BM: books by mail only BR: branch library BS: bookmobile CE: central library (C_OUT_TY)
SQ FEETsq_feetnumberArea in square feet of the public library outlet -1 = Missing -3 = Not applicable (SQ_FEET)
BOOKMOBILESbookmobilesnumberNumber of bookmobiles (L_NUM_BM)
HOURShoursnumberPublic Service Hours Per Year (HOURS)
WEEKS OPENweeks_opennumberNumber of Weeks a Library is Open (WKS_OPEN)
METRO STATUSmetro_statustextMetropolitan status CC: Central city NC: Metropolitan area, but not within central city limits NO: Not in a metropolitan area M: Missing (unknown) (C_MSA)
STRUCTURE CHANGEstructure_changetextStructure Change Code 00–No change from last year 01–Existing Administrative Entity or Outlet absorbs another Administrative Entity or Outlet 02–Newly created Administrative Entity or Outlet 03–Closed 04–Move Outlet to a newly created Administrative Entity 05–Merge two or more Administrative Entities or Outlets to form a new Administrative Entity or Outlet 06–(reserved) 07–(reserved) 08–Restored a closed Administrative Entity or Outlet record 09–Restored an incorrectly deleted Administrative Entity or Outlet 10–Delete an incorrect record 11–Outlet moved to a different previously existing Administrative Entity 12–(reserved) 13–Add an existing Administrative Entity or Outlet not previously reported 22–Future Administrative Entity FSCS ID Request 23–Temporary Closure 24–Restore/Undo Was a 23 (Reopen a Temporarily Closed Administrative Entity) (STATSTRU)
NAME CHANGEname_changetextName Change Code 00–No change from last year 06–Official name change 14–Minor name change (STATNAME)
ADDRESS CHANGEaddress_changetextAddress Change Code 00–No change from last year 07–Moved to a new location 15–Minor address change (STATADDR)