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Library Outreach/ LSTA | Statistics


Census Information

Whether you are writing a grant or justifying a budget request, current census data is often needed. The following sites will provide current data. If additional assistance is needed, call the State Library and ask to speak with Research.

Public Libraries Statistics

The annual South Dakota Public Libraries Survey collects statistics from South Dakota's public libraries using Web Link to counting opinions dot com. Data is submitted at the state level (see Data Digests) and at the federal level to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

What can I do with my Public Library Survey Statistics?

  • Calculate your library's Return on Investment. Use your library's service statistics and this easy-to-use ROI calculator tool Excel spreadsheet download to show the value your community gets from every dollar spent on the public library.
  • Share your library's statistics in an annual report pamphlet available on the PLS portal. Download the pamphlet file, add your photos, your library logo & open hours. How do I do this? PDF download
  • Compare your library's statistics with other SD public libraries. Libraries use PLS comparison statistics to increase their budgets, request larger spaces, longer open hours, more staff, etc.

How do I access PLS statistics for other libraries?
The State Library makes the data available for use by South Dakota public librarians and their stakeholders.

If you want to know more or would like help accessing and analyzing our library's data, contact State Library Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends, email, 605-773-3131 (Option 6).

South Dakota Public Libraries: Data Digest

The South Dakota State Library has compiled an annual report of public library statistics that librarians can use as talking points with their citizens, councilmen, commissioners, and legislators. For current and past reports, continue to Publications.

Library Use Calculator

What's your local library worth? Estimate the value of books, media, programs and services your library provides. Share this tool with your patrons, trustees and commissioners. Link to this the calculator from your library's webpage.
Library Use Calculator Excel spreadsheet download

School Libraries Statistics

All SD school districts and systems are asked to complete the annual School Library Survey in April/May. The survey collects information on school library budgets and facilities, circulation and programs, staffing and professional activities.

Data collected is available to school administrators and librarians through the Reports tool on their district/system accounts at Contact the State Library Data Coordinator for assistance in compiling reports to compare your district’s statistics to others in the state or to review your district’s statistics over past years.

School Librarians: Find out more about the survey at: School Library Survey: Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the State Library Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends Email Link if you have further questions or need login/password assistance.

South Dakota School Libraries: Data Digest

This publication is a snapshot and summary of statistical school library information harvested each spring from every district in the state. For current and past reports, continue to Publications.

Counting Opinions Reports Tool

For all South Dakota public library directors, school librarians and administrators…

You now have access to Public Libraries Survey and School Libraries Survey data through the Counting Opinions Reports tool. This easy but powerful tool can help you analyze your library's data for trends across time and compare your library's data to others in the State.

Access the Reports tool at the online survey site:

Learn the basics of using the Reports tool and building reports:

LSTA Files
Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017
PDF Download

More Publications

South Dakota State Library Cornerstone
SDSL's e-Newsletter articles include:
  - Accreditation
  - Continuing Education
  - Public Library
  - Why Didn't I Think of That?
And many more!

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Shawn Behrends EMAIL
State Data Coordinator
605-773-3131, Option 6

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