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Wisconsin Public Library Service Data

The Public Library Development Team annually collects statistics from Wisconsin public libraries. Excel files of more than 115 data elements grouped by general categories are available below. Please note that there is a known issue in select years prior to 2016 with Hours Open data.

National library data is available in the Public Libraries Survey data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) data catalog.

You can also review this 2016 Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference on circulation data.

Type of Statistics Year
Population Data
Includes the Demographic Services Center's annual population estimates, the library's "add-on" service population, and the sum of the two for the Extended County Population Total.
2013-2017

Statistics at the State and System Level

Includes state totals and averages along with system-wide statistics in order by system name.

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

Statistics at the County Level

Includes county-wide statistics in order by county name.

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

Statistics at the Public Library Level

Includes statistics for all public libraries in the state i order by municipality name.

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

2016
2017

Statistics at the Public Library Level by System and County

Includes statistics for every public library, county, and system in the state in order by system, then county, then by library. County and system totals are included.

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

For questions about this information, contact Michael Dennison (608) 266-5196