Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) Illinois State Library

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.

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].

IPLAR Data Input and Instructions

The IPLAR collection period begins in January and ends on September 1. The survey can be accessed at the link provided below. Data input instructions and the survey worksheet are available on the IPLAR login screen. For more information about data input and IPLAR, please call 800-665-5576, extension 2, or email

Previous Year Data

Previous year data for the IPLAR and PLS can be found on the IPLAR Data Web page. The most current data available to date is FY2018-2019 for the IPLAR and FY2017-2018 for the PLS. Public libraries can access their own previous data and that of other libraries by using the data reporting tools available through their Counting Opinions account.


For more information about the IPLAR, please call 217–785–1168 or email