Survey 2017


The goal of the Library Map of the World Survey is to collect a basic set of library performance metrics across the world.

Libraries are leading promoters and providers of free access all types of information to all citizens. To demonstrate the potential of the global library field we need reliable data, accurate and comprehensive information about the state of libraries around the world.


The 2017 Survey aims to collect the most recent data from existing sources, if and where available, and from as many countries as possible.

All types of libraries are covered in the 2017 Survey:

  • National libraries
  • Academic libraries
  • Public libraries
  • Community libraries
  • School libraries
  • Other libraries

The initial set of performance metrics covered in the 2017 Survey is the same for all types of libraries:

  • Number of libraries (library service points)
  • Number of libraries (library service points) providing internet access
  • Number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff
  • Number of volunteers (headcount)
  • Number of registered users
  • Number of visitors
  • Number of loans and downloads


IFLA is engaging with a selected data partner (national library association or other institution) in each country around the world to liaise and gather aggregated national level data.

If you are a selected data partner, visit the Data Contributors section for more information and supporting materials.

If you want to find out who is the selected data partner in your country, please contact us.


The data submission deadline for data contributors who want their countries be mapped for the Library Map of the World premiere at IFLA WLIC 2017 in Wrocław, Poland in August, is 31 May 2017.

The 2017 Survey will be open for data submissions until October 2017.

Guide For Data Contributors

Thank you for your willingness to participate in the creation of the Library Map of the World!

Finding it hard to get started, don’t know where to look for existing data or who else you could involve? Don’t worry, here’s some advice and ideas to get you engaged. The process is easy!

This Step-by-Step Guide for Data Contributors will support and help you in gathering and supplying the existing data from your country.

Click on an item to see it in full.

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The Library Map of the World 2017 Survey aims to gather the most recent existing data that are already collected or aggregated at the national level in your country. It is not expected that you collect new data especially for the Library Map of the World.

The Survey language is English. You will mainly have to submit numeric data; however, it is expected that you provide explanations and/or clarifications about the submitted data in open ended questions of the Survey in English. These translated versions of Survey Definitions and Questionnaires may be helpful for you to get acquainted with what is asked by the Survey and to support you during the data gathering.

Questionnaire: English | Русский | Español

Definitions: English | Русский | Español

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the Library Map of the World 2017 Survey in the FAQ section.

Find Out

The Library Map of the World 2017 Survey is looking for data from all types of libraries, including national, academic, public, community, school and other libraries. You may not have all the data; therefore, it is expected that you find out who might hold the relevant data in your country both in terms of library type as well as library performance metrics covered in the 2017 Survey.

Situations vary from country to country. Here are some ideas of other institutions that you may want to contact during data gathering phase:

National or regional statistical offices
Government entities responsible for data collection from libraries (e.g. ministries)
NGOs (e.g. ones that work in the field of public access to internet and information)
Universities and/or research institutes
National libraries
Library associations


The timeline of the Library Map of the World 2017 Survey gives you approximately 2 months to liaise with other institutions to gather data that is available in your country. If you want your country to be mapped on the Library Map of the World at its official launch at IFLA WLIC 2017 in Wrocław, Poland in August 2017., you must provide your data by 31 May 2017.

You shouldn’t be worried in case you are unable to deliver a complete dataset covering all types of libraries and all metrics. It is possible to supply partial data that you have both in terms of library types and metrics. It is also expected that you provide your data even if it deviates from provided definitions. It is expected that you take the Survey even if you don’t have any existing data. The Survey questionnaire provides a space for you to include any explanations to help clarify the nature of the provided data or the state of data collection in your country.

Don’t collect new data but collate existing data collected in your country. Gather what is possible for you in 2 months with the resources you have. You will be able to submit additional (missing) data at the later time this year as well as update it following years.

Fill In

Once you have gathered existing data from your data sources and partners, you can choose to complete the questionnaire either electronically or in paper form.

If you want to submit the completed questionnaire in paper, please return it before 31 May 2017 to:

IFLA Headquarters
P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague, Netherlands
E-mail: or
Fax: +31 70 3834827

We encourage you to and if you choose to complete the questionnaire electronically, please fill in the questionnaire before 31 May 2017. To access the questionnaire please use the link to the Online Survey received by email.

Keep In Touch

In case you have any questions during the process of data gathering or need any clarification related to the Library Map of the World in general or 2017 Survey, there is a resource person at IFLA Headquarters. Kristine Paberza, Member Engagement Officer at IFLA, is at your assistance to help you with any questions and/or issues relating to data you are about to provide. Please do not hesitate to reach out at: or

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