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Welcome to the PLAmetrics Portal

PLAmetrics is your portal to the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report digital database. The database offers you access to all the yearly PLDS data currently available (FY2002-FY2015) and access to the IMLS data (FY2000-FY2012). The Report is compiled from surveys submitted by public libraries across the United States and Canada and presents timely and topical data on finances, library resources, annual use figures and technology to assist public library administrators in making informed management decisions. In addition, each annual PLDS Report contains a special survey highlighting statistics on one service area or public library topic.

The 2015 Public Library Data Service Statistical Report: Characteristics and Trends
The 2014 Public Library Data Service Statistical Report: Characteristics and Trends
The 2013 Public Library Data Service Statistical Report: Characteristics and Trends

"Today I had to get the data myself for the first time. In less than 10 minutes, I learned the PLAmetrics interface and got out the data I needed. Nice product!Steve Casburn, ILS Coordinator, Multnomah County Library

Read how PLAmetrics is helping these libraries

Austin Public Library
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Mid-Continent Public Library
Multnomah County Library
Northbrook Public Library
San Antonio Public Library
Realize the full power of PLAmetrics with the new publication Managing with Data  from ALA 


User account details can be shared internally and used to access the system simultaneously.  

The portal can be accessed using vendor supported browsers including Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, and Safari.

Forgot your login information?   There is a password reminder feature on the login screen. 

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Want to really make the data work for you? Start your subscription to the PLDS Online database service (PLAmetrics). Your annual subscription provides access to all data and reports currently available (FY2002–FY2015). Users can:

  • Run reports that feature click only graphs and downloadable Excel compatible files.
  • Access existing report templates, and key performance indicators.
  • Create peer groups and/or filter by any combination of data elements.

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