Academic Libraries (AL)

Survey Component Overview:
The purpose of the AL component of IPEDS is to collect information on library collections, library expenditures, and library services for libraries in degree-granting postsecondary institutions. The Academic Libraries component for IPEDS replaced the previous Academic Libraries Survey, which was collected from degree-granting postsecondary institutions every other year in odd-numbered years.




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Data Collection Period
December 13, 2017 –  April 11, 2018 for IPEDS Keyholders.
December 13, 2017 –  April 25, 2018 for IPEDS Coordinators.

Helpful Resources
Visit NCES' Academic Libraries Information Center for more information and the history of the Academic Libraries component, and watch a webinar on changes that took effect during the 2015-16 collection cycle from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Video Tutorials: 





This tutorial explains how to report data for institutions sharing all or partial resources.



This tutorial discusses the reporting of electronic and digital materials.

This tutorial explains the reporting of library circulation and collections data.
This tutorial discusses the reporting of expenses in the Academic Libraries component.