Facts and Stats

Public libraries in B.C. deliver a wide range of resources and services to meet their community’s needs. Libraries also receive provincial funding to support a portion of library operations and province-wide programs. As part of the Provincial Public Library Accountability Framework, all 71 B.C. public libraries report their annual statistics through the provincial Annual Survey of B.C.’s Public Libraries. 

The data collected through the Annual Survey enables data-informed decision making about public library funding, policy and operations at the provincial and local level. Libraries may want to use their annual data to make important decisions about which resources to buy, programs to offer, and much more.

Public library administrators can submit their annual data through the Counting Opinions website, and each library can generate reports using Counting Opinions to filter relevant data subsets (more instructions). 

Survey results from 2002 onwards are publicly available through the BC Data Catalogue.

2019 Annual Survey of B.C.'s Public Libraries Highlights

  • 71 Public libraries, 249 service locations and 6 Federations, serving 99% of B.C.’s population
  • 9.9 Million items available in physical format
  • 42.1 Million physical items borrowed
  • 6.5 Million items available in digital format
  • 10.8 Million digital checkouts
  • 158,000 Items lent through provincial interlibrary loan programs
  • 78,000+ Programs offered through the libraries
  • 1.8 Million program attendees
  • 88,000+ Children registered in the provincial summer reading club
  • 3,720 Computers available for public use