The Office of Library and Information Services collects and analyzes financial, service and staffing data from Rhode Island public libraries on an annual basis through the Public Library Annual Survey. The survey is administered using the Counting Opinions LibPAS online survey tool. Public library directors may also use the Reports section of LibPAS online survey tool to create their own annual survey data reports. Use of the tool is limited to public library directors; a username and password is required. Public libraries applying for State Aid to Libraries must submit the Public Library Annual Report each year.
Data from the annual library survey is available publicly in the Comparable Statistics section of the OLIS website.
The FY2016 Rhode Island Public Library Survey is now closed. It launched July 11, 2016 and closed September 15, 2016.
Several templates have been created to allow Public Library Staff to quickly obtain data about their library and compare it to others. Staff can also design their own custom reports. Reports can be accessed through the Counting Opinions LibPAS online survey tool (username and password required.)The following resources are available to assist Public Libraries in generating annual survey data reports: