Public Library Geographic Database (PLGDB) Mapping
Welcome to the Public Library Geographic Database (PLGDB). The database
includes the locations of Americas 16,000 public libraries, population
characteristics from the US Census that best describe people that use
libraries, and library use statistics from the National Center for Educational
Statistics. Florida State University's GeoLib Program (
www.geolib.org ) is developing this first-ever National Public
Library Geographic Database. The project partner is FSUs Information
The mission of the PLGDB is to provide standardized library data for benchmarking and research.
The goal of the database is to provide consolidated information
on public libraries nationwide, easily accessible over the Internet.
PLGDB objectives include:
1. updating the database with annual and available data as resources allow;
2. integrating new and relevant datasets which drive the mission; and
3. creating awareness amongst information professionals of the value of geographic data.
Your Feedback is Needed
A key ingredient to the long term success of the PLGDB is the ongoing
incorporation of other relevant data. We need your feedback as to what
data you would like to have in the future. We hope the database will
offer users access to data that can shape local, regional and national
library policies. For more information about GeoLib and its programs,
and to find out about the latest status and data releases of the National
Public Library Geographic Database check back on this website regularly.
Tour the Map!
If you are a first-time visitor to this map, please click
here to see how to maneuver and use the map. This will take you to a timed powerpoint presentation that introduces you to the map and all its many features. Click the arrows on your keyboard to go backwards or forward. After you are through viewing the introduction, please click on the
PLGDB to be taken to the database and map. When you are in the map and database—you can click on help, on the upper right hand side of the map to view a more generic help and tutorial. If you would like a downloadable print introductory tutorial, please click here "U.S. Public Library Geographic Database Tutorial."
As the PLGDB continues to expand and grow over time, You will discover
a treasure trove of information about Americas public libraries
on this web site. Click 'Go To Map' in the Quick Tour box up to the left. Provide us your feedback on your library or one you
know aboutlet us know if it is in the right location and also
what your experience is in using the databasejust click on the
feedback button in the top left corner!
Dr. Christie Koontz, Project Director 850.645-7145 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Communication & Information
School of Library & Information Studies
The Florida State University
Louis Shores Building (MC2100)
142 Collegiate Loop
PO Box 3062100
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2100
Phone: (850) 645-7145
Fax: (850) 644-9763