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Over the last decade patterns in nonfiction development and usage have changed significantly. Anecdotally NSW public libraries have observed a shift to internet sources for non-fiction information and a reduction in the size of reference and lending adult nonfiction collections, and significant decreases in junior nonfiction collection size and usage.
However preliminary analysis of nonfiction collection data by the State Library of across NSW public libraries indicates that this decrease in size and demand for nonfiction varies dramatically across different library services. Variation in collection sizes and patterns of usage suggests that factors affecting non fiction collections are more complex than access to alternative sources on the internet.