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ARL Statistics and Salary Surveys

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These two annual surveys collect data on collections, materials expenditures, service activities, staffing, and salaries in ARL member libraries. This data describes and measures the value of research libraries and their contributions to research and scholarship. Libraries use the data to make evidenced-based decisions for operations, programs and services, describe their operations and budget expenditures, and demonstrate how resources are used for the benefit of the communities they serve.

ARL survey coordinators can login to the ARL Statistics website for access to their library’s Survey Dashboard that shows their library’s progress on completing the annual ARL Statistics survey and Salary Survey.

  • ARL Statistics® Survey

    ARL Statistics® Survey

    This survey collects data that describe the collections, overall library expenditures, materials expenditures, staffing, and operational and service activities of member libraries. This data series began in 1908 and represents...

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey

    ARL Annual Salary Survey

    This survey gathers data on salaries for more than 14,000 professional positions in ARL member libraries and tracks minority representation in ARL US libraries. The data collected include the average,...