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Images: City of Perth Library, by Mal Booth (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
City of Perth Library was one of the winners in ALIA's 2017 Australian Library Design Awards.

The annual Australian public libraries statistical report for 2015-16 is now available.

Compiled by the State Library of Queensland's Regional Access and Public Libraries division on behalf of NSLA, the report is an overview of the services, infrastructure, income and expenditure of each state and territory's public libraries.

In 2015-16:

  • 1656 public library service points and outlets with 1,408 branches, 78 mobiles and 170 other outlets.
  • Over 165.3 million items were lent to 9.3 million members of Australia’s public libraries.
  • Over 113 million customer visits annually, or more than 9.4 million per month.
  • Over 36.9 million items (1.5 items per person) were made available for the use of the community and more than $126 million was spent on ensuring that these collections remain up to date and relevant.
  • Total expenditure on public libraries has increased from $1.01 billion in 2011-2012 to over $1.18 billion in 2015-2016, representing a 17.3% increase. Expressed on a per capita basis, expenditure on public libraries has increased by 10.2% over the same period to $49.11.
  • Library programs totalled over 211,000 with attendance of over 6.1 million.

Read the full report.

Images: State Library of NSW Public Library Services, CC-BY.
Clockwise from top left: Griffith City Library; Castle Hill Library; Ulladulla Library; Tenterfield Library; Whitlam Library, Cabramatta; Taree Library; Wollondilly Library; Dapto District Library

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