Annual Survey of Public Libraries

Opening Date

January 23, 2024

Deadline

April 30, 2024

Each year, public libraries and First Nation public libraries must complete the Annual Survey of Public Libraries (ASPL). The ASPL requires libraries to report on several key metrics including the use of technology and digital services, and the types of activities and programs they offer.

The government publishes reports on the survey results through the Ontario public library statistics program. The survey is updated every year to reflect changes in the public library sector.

How to Proceed

1

Access BPS Secure

Access the Annual Survey of Public Libraries via BPS Secure. Note: At the end of 2023, GO Secure was replaced by BPS Secure. If you have an existing GO Secure username and password, you do not need to create a new account but you may need to update your password.
2

ASPL Database

Once logged in to BPS Secure, click on 'Library Statistics (LibStats)' to open the ASPL database.
3

ASPL Instructions

Instructions, as well as a blank copy of the survey, are provided under the 'Help' section in the LibStats database.
4

Section C Statistics

Compiled statistics required for Section C if your library participated in the OverDrive Provincial Consortium, the French E-Book Consortium (Cantook) or purchased specific products through the Provincial Licensing program.
5

VITA Toolkit Resources

For those using the VITA toolkit from Our Digital World, a guide has been created to help libraries include their VITA Dgital Collection statistics and activities in the ASPL.

Who to Contact

For technical assistance with BPS Secure login or password, contact:

For assistance, contact:

All staff can be reached toll-free at 1-800-387-5765.

Ministry staff responsible for the Annual Survey of Public Libraries:


For questions about JASI reports, please contact:


The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is responsible for administering the Public Libraries Act, and statutory grants under the Act including the Public Library Operating, Pay Equity, and First Nation Salary Supplement Grants Program.  They also publish the annual Ontario Public Library Statistics, using information collected through the Annual Survey of Public Libraries.