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Public Library Annual Survey

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. The Public Library Annual Survey also serves as the certification and application process for State Aid to Libraries, often referred to as Grant-in-Aid. Public libraries applying for State Aid to Libraries must submit the Public Library Annual Report each year.

Data from the Public Library Annual Survey is available publicly in the Comparable Statistics section of the OLIS website. The most current year's data available is fiscal year 2016.

FY2017 Public Library Annual Survey

The FY2017 survey will launch Monday July 17, 2017 and close Friday September 15, 2017 at 4:00pm. All supporting forms and documentation must be submitted to the OLIS office by that date as well.

The reporting period for the FY2017 survey is July, 1 2016 through June 30, 2017.

On July 17, 2017 all public library directors will be sent an email with their login and password information for accessing the survey tool. This page will be updated with the instructions and links to the Counting Opinions LibPAS online survey tool.

Several workshops have been scheduled in July for public library directors and any staff who work on the survey to attend. The workshops will cover all the changes made to the survey for FY2017, a refresher on using the Counting Opinions LibPas survey tool, an overview of the certification and application process for State Aid to Libraries.

Workshops dates and locations:

  • Tuesday July 18, 9:30am - noon at North Kingstown Free Library
  • Friday July 21, 9:30am - noon at West Warwick Public Library
  • Monday July 24, 1:30pm - 4:00pm at Cumberland Public Library
  • Thursday July 27, 1:30pm - 4:00pm at Rogers Free Library in Bristol

Please register for the workshop you or your staff will attend using the following form.

Reports of Annual Survey Data for Public Library Staff

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: