About NSLA

National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA) is the peak body for Australia's national, state and territory libraries.

Through collaboration, we deliver better collections, solutions and customer experiences than each library can do individually. We also contribute to more informed public policy, and share our knowledge and expertise to increase the professional capability of our staff and to build a workforce for the future.

NSLA's program is managed and supported by the Executive Officer and the NSLA office, based at State Library Victoria. The office reports to the Chair for 2018-2019, Kate Torney, and to the CEOs of NSLA libraries.

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NSLA annual statistics 2018-2019

(Combined data from the nine NSLA libraries)

In the 2018-2019 financial year:

  • 9.5 million people visited our library buildings
  • 47.1 million visits were made to our websites, including Trove
  • 11.6 million visits were made to library catalogues
  • 239,000 research enquiries were answered by our librarians
  • 7191 terabytes of digital collections were stored
  • $25.5 million was spent on collections
  • our collections were valued at $4.1 billion.