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South Dakota State Library Services

A list of services provided by the South Dakota State Library.

Statistics Resources for Librarians

About Annual Public & School Library Surveys

Every year the State Library fields two statistical surveys:

  • Public Libraries Survey (PLS): The PLS includes financial and service data, library trustee and policy information. This serves as the library's annual report that is required by state statute for all designated public libraries in South Dakota.
  • School Libraries Survey (SLS): The SLS collects information from all SD public districts, tribal/BIE, and non public systems on school library budgets and facilities, circulation and programs, staffing and professional activities.

Combo school/public libraries complete both surveys.

We encourage librarians, trustees, school administrators and other stakeholders to use the survey data for strategic planning and making informed decisions.