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Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)

IPLAR Deadlines  |  LibPAS Data Input and IPLAR Instructions)  |  Informational Webinar  |  Related Links

IPLAR Purposes

The Illinois State Library is the agency legally required to: (1) compile, preserve and publish public library statistical information [15 ILCS 320/7(m)], and (2) compile the annual report of local public libraries and library systems submitted to the State Librarian pursuant to law [15 ILCS 320/7(n)]. In addition, all Illinois public libraries are required by statute [75 ILCS 16/30-65] to prepare an annual report to be submitted to the State Library as a condition of system membership.

The State Library also participates in the national Public Library Survey (PLS), which is administered annually by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The purpose of this survey is to provide statistics on the status of public libraries in the United States. IMLS is authorized to collect these data under the federal Museum and Library Services Act of 2003.

Data are collected from approximately 9,000 public libraries with approximately 17,000 individual public library outlets in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories. Public libraries are encouraged to utilize the collected data, both at the state and federal levels, to compare themselves with their peers at the regional, state, and national levels.

Public Libraries in the United States Survey, which is published online, provides a national-level analysis of the PLS that aggregates data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to provide national estimates and trends. Public library data files (public use) are also released by IMLS for each fiscal year, and made available on their website. Data collected from the fiscal year (FY) 2013 PLS are used in the Search for Public Libraries and Compare Public Libraries data tools.

IPLAR Deadlines

For municipal (city, town, township, and village) libraries, the deadline for submitting an annual report is within 60 days after the expiration of the fiscal year [75 ILCS 5/4-10]. For public library districts, the deadline is September 1 of each year [75 ILCS 16/30-65].

Library Performance Assessment System (LibPAS) Data Input and IPLAR Instructions

LibPAS is the tool utilized by the State Library for the collection and analysis of public library statistical information. Developed by Counting Opinions, LibPAS is used by many library organizations to capture, consolidate, process, report and compare report library performance metrics. Please review the instructions provided on the LibPAS login screen prior to submitting an annual report. For more information about LibPAS data Input and IPLAR, please call 800-665-5576, extension 2, or email

Informational Webinar

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For more information about IPLAR, please call 217-782-5506 or 217-524-5867. You may also email