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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 is still lots of useful data out there - this page gives some examples of data that has been published in other formats.

computer formats

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

UK public libraries contacts

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

CSV 

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early english books

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.

XML  HTML  EPUB 

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spreadsheets

non-CSV spreadsheet formats such as excel/google sheets

list of peer reviewed open access LIS journals

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

google docs 

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OCLC global stats

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

XLSX 

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guardian datablog public lending right 2012 - 2013

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

google docs  HTML 

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guardian datablog lending figures

library lending figures from 2011, analysed by the guardian. lots of visualisations and link to download spreadsheet

google docs  HTML 

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CIPFA library stats

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.

XLSX  PDF  InstantAtlas 

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report downloads

reports that include data embedded e.g. PDF documents.

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 also foxit PDF reader, also available to download for free.

government taking part

department for culture, media and sport. taking part statistical report for 2013/2014

PDF 

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public lending right

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

PDF 

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CIPFA library profiles

normally stats available to subscribers only, CIPFA have published comparison profiles for all participating library authorities.

PDF 

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carnegie trust report: a new chapter

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

PDF 

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carnegie trust report: attitudes and use of public libraries

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

PDF 

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web pages

web pages that include useful data within the page.

UK library spending

public libraries news analysis on real spending on UK libraries

HTML 

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reading agency library facts

links to various reports on library facts.

HTML 

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public libraries news stats

stats page on public libraries news. updated frequently.

HTML 

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libraries sharing code

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

HTML 

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