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it would be wonderful if all data published on the web were in an easily queryable API with open formats. however, that's not always the case, but there's still lots of useful data out there. this page gives some examples of data that has been published over recent years.

computer formats

data available to download and use in computer based formats such as XML, JSON, and CSV.


RLUK linked open data

formats: RDF |

research libraries UK have published nearly 20 million bibliographic records from 34 libraries as linked open data, available for download.

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UK public libraries contacts

formats: CSV |

an export of UK public library location data, covering 4,039 libraries. last published by collections trust in 2012.

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internet archive resources

formats: various |

a list (hundreds) of library records compiled by the internet archive. in various formats.

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european library datasets

formats: RDF |

complete list of open data available through the european library.

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english libraries basic dataset

formats: CSV |

a 2016 list of libraries in england, with name, address, postcode, website and email. published by libraries taskforce in march 2017.

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early english books

formats: XML | HTML | EPUB |

data formats for the early English books text creation partnership. fully searchable text of English language work published in the first two centuries of printing in england.

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spreadsheets

spreadsheet formats such as excel and google sheets


list of peer reviewed open access LIS journals

formats: google docs |

also includes hybrid (closed with some OA), closed jounals, and unsure.

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OCLC global stats

formats: XLSX |

global comparative statistics covering various measures (users/librarians, issues) from a variety of sources.

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guardian datablog. public lending right

formats: google docs | HTML |

public lending right data from 2013, analysed by the guardian. visualisations and link to download spreadsheet

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guardian datablog. lending figures

formats: google docs | HTML |

library lending figures, analysed by the guardian. lots of visualisations and link to download spreadsheet

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CIPFA library stats

formats: XLSX | PDF | InstantAtlas |

available to CIPFA subscribers, annual library stats: revenue expenditure and income; staffing levels; service points open to the public; book stock and audio, visual and electronic stock; annual issues; inter-library loans; requests; enquiries and visits.

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report downloads

reports that include data within the report e.g. PDF documents.


government taking part

formats: PDF |

department for culture, media and sport. taking part statistical report.

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public lending right

formats: PDF |

reports from public lending right UK on top titles, authors, and categories of books loaned in libraries.

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CIPFA library profiles

formats: PDF |

normally stats available to subscribers only, the DCMS pay CIPFA to publish comparison profiles for all participating library authorities.

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carnegie trust. a new chapter

formats: PDF |

full research report on public library services in the 21st century.

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carnegie trust. attitudes and use of public libraries

formats: PDF |

report from the carnegie trust: english data about attitudes to and use of public libraries.

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carnegie trust. a new chapter

formats: PDF |

full research report on public library services in the 21st century.

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To read PDF documents, you will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat. This is freely available, you can get the latest version (which has a number of accessibility features) from the Adobe Acrobat website (external link). Alternatively there is Foxit PDF reader, also available to download for free.


web pages

web pages that include useful data within the page.


UK library spending

formats: HTML |

public libraries news analysis on real spending on UK libraries

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reading agency library facts

formats: HTML |

links to various reports on library facts.

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public libraries news stats

formats: HTML |

stats page on public libraries news. updated frequently.

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libraries sharing code

formats: HTML |

a code4lib wiki page of libraries and librarians sharing code (e.g. on GitHub)

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