Library Journal’s 2012 eBook survey now open through June 30, 2012

Library Journal invites you to participate in our 2012 ebook survey. We want to hear from all U.S. public, academic and school libraries, even if your library currently has no ebook collection. Every person who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing to win an Apple iPad!

This research will allow libraries to cite persuasive data when engaged in conversations with library stakeholders, publishers and library vendors. Results from the LJ/SLJ ebook surveys conducted over the last two years revealed:

  •  The availability of ebooks in public libraries increased from 72% to 82% nationally between 2010 and 2011.Ebook circulation increased 108% over the same time period.
  • In 2011, approximately 4% of public libraries’ materials budgets was spent on ebooks.
  • Almost all (95%) of academic libraries offered ebooks to users in 2011 with the average number of ebook titles available practically doubling from the previous year to 65,000. Ebooks represented almost 9% of materials budgets in 2011.
  • School libraries saw the most movement on ebook adoption last year, up to 44% in 2011 from 33% in 2010. The number of ebooks available to students/faculty jumped 700% to almost 400 titles in 2011.
  • The prevalence of library-owned ereading devices for student usage was 17% with over a third of remaining school libraries considering them.

Survey results from this year’s survey will be shared in LJ and SLJ as well as at our October 17th virtual event–The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks, and Beyond.

Please click on the link below to begin:

Ebook survey link

You may forward this email to someone in your library with a better knowledge of your ebook collection. All surveys will be tabulated in the aggregate and all responses are confidential. Your information will not be added to any list for solicitation. The due date for responding is June 30, 2012.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to be part of this important survey.


Laura Girmscheid
LJ/SLJ Research Manager