Public Libraries Annual Survey Instructions

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 Survey each year.

FY2018 Public Library Annual Survey

The FY2018 survey opened July 16, 2018 and closes September 14, 2018. The reporting period for the FY2018 survey is July, 1 2017 through June 30, 2018. To enter data login to the survey portal.

Instructions and Supporting Materials

Grant-in-Aid Materials
Collection & Circulation Materials

Collection and circulation data has been prefilled. Below are the OSL instructions and template used to run those reports:

In-Person Workshops
  • Tuesday July 17, 2018 1:00pm-3:00pm @ East Greenwich Free Library REGISTER
  • Tuesday July 24, 2018 1:00pm-3:00pm @ North Smithfield Public Library REGISTER 
  • Wednesday July 25, 2018 9:30am-11:30am @ East Providence Public Library (Weaver) REGISTER   
Virtual Workshop
  • Wednesday July 18, 2018 10:00am-11:30am REGISTER   

Reports of Annual Survey Data for Public Library Staff

In addition to the reports available on the OLIS website, public libraries can access their survey data though the Counting Opinions LibPAS online survey tool. 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. The following resources are available to assist Public Libraries in generating annual survey data reports: