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What is ARL Statistics®?

ARL Statistics is a series of annual surveys that describe the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities for ARL member libraries. Statistics have been collected and published annually for research libraries since 1907-08. ARL Statistics data shape major policy decisions and institutional strategies. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)... more


Statistics have been collected and published annually for the members of the Association since 1961–62. Before that, annual statistics for university libraries were collected by... more


In addition to the ARL Statistics® data, which collects figures from the ARL member libraries, the ARL Statistics series includes multiple additional annual data series as well as... more


The ARL Statistics® Analytics is available to member institution library staff to collect the data and have ready-access to them as they are submitted, even before they are finalized. more

How Will You Benefit from Using ARL Statistics®?

  • Use the preliminary data successfully for budget justification purposes
  • Login 24x7 to our secure server and access more than 100 years' worth of verified data
  • Identify trends in the ARL Statistics® data by analyzing key variables over time
  • Compare your library's performance with that of peer institutions to facilitate benchmarking