Public Libraries Survey 1992-2016: Library Systems (Administrative Entities)

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Longitudinal file of key variables from the Public Libraries Survey, 1992-2016. These data include imputed values for libraries that did not submit information in certain years. Imputation is a procedure for estimating a value for a specific data item where the response is missing. Download individual annual PLS data files to see imputation flag variables or learn more on the imputation methods used at https://www.imls.gov/research-evaluation/data-collection/public-libraries-survey/explore-pls-data/pls-data.

Tags: public library, administrative entity, longitudinal, time series

This dataset has the following 71 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
LIBRARY IDlibrary_idtextLIBID: Library identification code assigned by the state. NCES assigns the FSCSKEY to this field if the state did not assign a code.
FSCS IDfscs_idtextFSCSKEY: Library identification code assigned by NCES
LIBRARY NAMElibrary_nametextLIBNAME: Name of library
FISCAL YEARfiscal_yeartextFISCAL_YEAR: Fiscal Year
YEARyeartextYR_SUB: FSCS submission year of public library data in 4-digit format (YYYY) ["YR" 1992-1997]
COUNTYcountytextCNTY: County of library
STATEstatetextSTABR: Post Office state abbreviation code. See appendix H for
PHONEphonetextPHONE: Telephone number in following format: area code/exchange/number (for example, 7037315072)
CENTRAL LIBRARIEScentral_librariesnumberCENTLIB: Number of central libraries
BRANCH LIBRARIESbranch_librariesnumberBRANLIB: Number of branch libraries
BOOKMOBILESbookmobilesnumberBKMOB: Number of bookmobiles
LEGAL BASISlegal_basistext"C_LEGBAS: Legal Basis Code [""C_LEGBASE"" 1992-1997] CC–City/County CI–Municipal Government (city, town, or village) CO–County/Parish LD–Library District MJ–Multi-jurisdictional NL–Native American Tribal Government NP–Non-profit Association or Agency SD–School District OT–Other (Note: Prior to FY 98, this variable was called C_LEGBASE.)"
RSTATUSrstatusnumberRSTATUS: Respondent Status
LIB SYS RELATIONSHIPlib_sys_relationshiptextC_RELATN: Library System Relationship Code
ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTUREadministrative_structuretextC_ADMIN: Administrative Structure Code
FSCS DEFINITIONfscs_definitiontextC_FSCS: FSCS Public Library Definition (Public library system meets all criteria in the definition. Y–Yes; N–No
GEOCODEgeocodetext"GEOCODE: Geographic Code CI1–Municipal Government (city, town, or village) (exactly) CI2–Municipal Government (city, town, or village) (most nearly) CO1–County/Parish (exactly) CO2–County/Parish (most nearly) MA1–Metropolitan Area (exactly) MA2–Metropolitan Area (most nearly) MC1–Multi-County (exactly) MC2–Multi-County (most nearly) SD1–School District (exactly) SD2–School District (most nearly) OTH–Other"
POPULATION SVC AREApopulation_svc_areanumber"POPU_LSA: Population of the Legal Service Area [""POPU"" 1992-1997] ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
POPULATION UNDUPLICATEDpopulation_unduplicatednumber"POPU_UND: Derived. Unduplicated population of the legal service area for the library. This value is calculated by prorating the library's population of legal service area (POPU_LSA) to the state's total population of legal service areas (total POPU_LSA), and applying the ratio to the state-reported total unduplicated population of legal service areas. The latter item, a single figure reported by the state data coordinator, is also named POPU_UND but is located on the State Summary/State Characteristics Data File. [""POPU_UNDUP"" 1992-1997] ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
COUNTY POPULATIONcounty_populationnumberCNTYPOP: County Population
BEA REGIONbea_regionnumberOBEREG: BEA Region Code
ALA LIBRARIANSala_librariansnumberMASTER: Number of FTE paid librarians with a Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program. This field consists of 6 integers and 2 decimals, with an explicit decimal point.
LIBRARIANSlibrariansnumber"LIBRARIA: Total number of FTE employees holding the title of librarian. This field consists of six integers and two decimals, with an explicit decimal point. ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity [""LIBRARIAN"" 1992-1997]"
OTHER STAFFother_staffnumberOTHPAID: All other paid FTE employees. This field consists of 7 integers and 2 decimals, with an explicit decimal point.
TOTAL STAFFtotal_staffnumber"TOTSTAFF: Total paid FTE employees (i.e., sum of LIBRARIA and OTHPAID). This field consists of seven integers and two decimals, with an explicit decimal point. ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity [""TOTPEMP"" 1992-1997]"
PRINT MATERIALSbooksnumberBKVOL: Number of books and serial volumes
EBOOKSebookstextEBOOK: Electronic Books (E-books) (digital documents, including non-serial government documents in digital format) -1–Missing "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity
AUDIO PHYS ITEMSaudio_phys_itemsnumberAUDIO_PH: Audio -physical units (including records, audiocassettes, audio cartridges, audio discs—including audio-CD-ROMS, audio reels, talking books, and other sound recordings) "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity ["AUDIO" 1992-2009]
AUDIO DOWNLOADSaudio_downloadstextAUDIO_DL: Audio -downloadable units -1–Missing "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity
VIDEO PHYS ITEMSvideo_phys_itemsnumberVIDEO_PH: Video -physical units (including video tapes, DVDs, video CD-ROMs, etc.) "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity ["VIDEO" 1992-2009]
VIDEO DOWNLOADSvideo_downloadstextVIDEO_DL: Video -downloadable units -1–Missing "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity
SUBSCRIPTIONSsubscriptionsnumberSUBSCRIP: Current print serial subscriptions "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity ["SUBSCRIPT" 1992-1997]
ELEC MATL USESelec_matl_usestext"ELMATCIR: Use of Electronic Materials – The total annual circulation of all electronic materials -1–Missing ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
COMPUTERScomputerstext"GPTERMS: Internet computers used by general public ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
COMPUTER USEScomputer_usestext"PITUSR: Uses of public internet computers per year ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
WIFI SESSIONSwifi_sessionstext"WIFISESS: Total annual wireless sessions provided by the library wireless service -1–Missing -3–Not applicable (closed or temporarily closed administrative entity)"
LOCAL OP REVENUElocal_op_revenuenumberLOCGVT: Operating income from local government
STATE OP REVENUEstate_op_revenuenumberSTGVT: Operating income from state government
FED OP REVENUEfed_op_revenuenumberFEDGVT: Operating income from federal government
OTHER OP REVENUEother_op_revenuenumberOTHINCM: Other operating income (i.e., income not included in LOCGVT, STGVT, and FEDGVT)
TOTAL OP REVENUEtotal_op_revenuenumberTOTINCM: Total income (includes LOCGVT, STGVT, FEDGVT, AND OTHINCM)
SALARIESsalariesnumberSALARIES: Salaries and wages for all library staff
BENEFITSbenefitsnumberBENEFIT: Employee benefits for all library staff
OTHER OP EXPENSESother_op_expensesnumberOTHOPEXP: Other operating expenditures (i.e., expenditures not included in TOTEXP and TOTEXPCOL)
CAPITAL EXPENDITUREScapital_expendituresnumberCAPITAL: Expenditures for capital outlay
STAFF EXPENDITURESstaff_expendituresnumber"STAFFEXP: Total staff expenditures (i.e., sum of SALARIES and BENEFITS). ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity. ""-9"" = Data suppressed to protect confidentiality. [""TOTEXP"" 1992-1997]"
PRINT EXPENDITURESprint_expendituresnumber"PRMATEXP: Operating expenditures for print materials (including books, current serial subscriptions, government documents, and any other print acquisitions). ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity."
ELEC EXPENDITURESelec_expendituresnumber"ELMATEXP: Operating expenditures for electronic (digital) materials (including e-books, e-serials, government documents, databases, electronic files, reference tools, scores, maps, or pictures, including materials digitized by the library). ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity."
OTHER MATL EXPENDITURESother_matl_expendituresnumberOTHMATEX: Operating expenditures for all other library materials (microform, audio, video, DVD, and new formats) "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity
TOTAL COLLECTION EXPtotal_collection_expnumberTOTEXPCO: Total expenditures on library collection (i.e., sum of PRMATEXP, ELMATEXP, and OTHMATEX) "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity ["TOTEXPCOL" 1992-1997]
TOTAL OP EXPENDITUREStotal_op_expendituresnumberTOTOPEXP: Total operating expenditures (i.e., sum of STAFFEXP, TOTEXPCO, and OTHOPEXP) "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity ["TOTOPEXP1" 1992-1997]
LOCAL CAPITAL REVENUElocal_capital_revenuenumberLCAP_REV: Local government capital revenue "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity
STATE CAPITAL REVENUEstate_capital_revenuenumberSCAP_REV: State government capital revenue "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity
FEDERAL CAPITAL REVENUEfederal_capital_revenuenumberFCAP_REV: Federal government capital revenue "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity
OTHER CAPITAL REVENUEother_capital_revenuenumber"OCAP_REV: Other capital revenue (i.e., capital revenue not included in LCAP_REV, SCAP_REV, and OCAP_REV) ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
TOTAL CAPITAL REVENUEtotal_capital_revenuenumberCAP_REV: Total capital revenue (i.e., sum of LCAP_REV, SCAP_REV, FCAP_REV, and OCAP_REV) "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity
TOTAL CIRCULATIONtotal_circulationnumberTOTCIR: Total annual circulation transactions
LOANS TOloans_tonumberLOANTO: Annual number of loans to other libraries
LOANS FROMloans_fromnumberLOANFM: Annual number of loans from other libraries
KIDS CIRCULATIONkids_circulationnumberKIDCIRCL: Total circulation (including renewals) of children's materials in all formats to all users
HOURS OPENhours_opennumberHRS_OPEN: Total annual public service hours for all service outlets "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity ["DUPLI" 1992-1997]
VISITSvisitsnumber"VISITS: Total annual library visits. ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity. 'ATTEND': Annual attendance in library. Note: Library attendance is also referred to as library visits in survey reports. [""ATTEND"" 1992-1997]"
REFERENCE TRANSreference_transnumberREFERENC: Total annual reference transactions "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity ["REFERENCE" 1992-1997]
REGISTERED BORROWERSregistered_borrowersnumberREGBOR: Registered Users "-3" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity
TOTAL PROGRAMStotal_programsnumber"TOTPRO: Total library programs ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
KIDS PROGRAMSkids_programsnumber"KIDPRO: Total children's programs ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
YA PROGRAMSya_programsnumber"YAPRO: Total young adult programs ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
TOTAL ATTENDANCEtotal_attendancenumber"TOTATTEN: Total audience at all library programs ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
KIDS ATTENDANCEkids_attendancenumber"KIDATTEN: Total audience at all children's programs. ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity. 'KIDATTEND': Total attendance at programs intended primarily for children. Includes adults who attend programs intended primarily for children. [""KIDATTEND"" 1992-1997]"
YA ATTENDANCEya_attendancenumber"YAATTEN: Total audience at all young adult programs ""-3"" = Closed or temporarily closed administrative entity"
Location 1location_1locationADDRESS: Street address of library CITY: City or town of library