The purpose of the Academic Libraries Survey (ALS) is to collect information on library resources, services, and expenditures from academic libraries serving degree-granting, Title IV postsecondary institutions in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the outlying areas. The ALS was conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on a 3-year cycle between 1966 and 1988, within the framework of the Higher Education General Information System (HEGIS). Between 1988 and 1998, the ALS was a component of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and was collected on a 2-year cycle. Between 2000 and 2012, the Academic Libraries Survey was conducted independently of IPEDS but remained on a 2-year cycle. Since 2014, the ALS has been reintegrated back into the IPEDS collection as the Academic Libraries (AL) component and is collected annually. The resources available on this page provide guidance on the reintegration of the ALS back into IPEDS and supplementary instructions for completing the AL component.
The University Library collects data for the TSC IPEDS survey and submits it to TSC.
Reporting Period: September-August (pull data on September 1)
Data Collection Period: September-April
Data is collected and provided in written form to Dr. Angelica Fuentes (TSC).The University Library does not have access to or log into the TSC IPEDS account and is not provided with a copy of the report after submission.
Due: April 10th
Below are the numbers reported for prior years.
NOTE: IPEDS references the time period as the collection period, but the data is for the previous academic year. For example, the 2016-2017 report reflects the statistics for the academic year 2015-2016 and collections as they were on or around September 1, 2016.
|Physical Collections: Books||109,121||110,003||57,806||55,331|
|Physical Collections: Media||5,708||1,511||1,492||1,878|
|Physical Collections: Serials||0||0||690||691|
|Physical Collections: Circulation||1,161||1,018||1,070||862|
|Electronic Collections: Books||443,905||444,697||509,206||546,403|
|Electronic Collections: Databases||234||244||503||366|
|Electronic Collections: Media||1,985||2,541||18,007||103,113|
|Electronic Collections: Serials||4,384||4,634||139,456||144,604|
|Electronic Collections: Circulation||9,591||101,193||133,331||21,005|