Under section 5 of the Library Act 1939 the Library Council of NSW makes careful inquiry into the administration and management of every local library in NSW. In support of this duty, the State Library collects comprehensive statistics from councils annually about their library services.
Key annual statistics are collected and used by public libraries for planning, developing and managing library services.
public library statistics
|2011/12 (PDF 1.5 MB)||2011/12 (Excel 2.2 MB)|
|2010/11 (PDF 882 KB)|
The summary statistics can be used by libraries, councils, the media and other interested stakeholders for reports and articles.
There are 376 public libraries in NSW, 142 in metropolitan NSW and 234 in country areas.
The key indicators of public library use show that the public are highly valued by their communities. 2012 figures show:
- almost 35 million visits to NSW public libraries (up 30% since 2000)
- almost 48 million loans
- over 3 million internet hours used by the public
- almost 3.2 million library members (44% of the NSW population)
- more than 52,000 public programs and events
- more than 1.2 million people attended public programs (up 38% since 2008)
Note: This software is only available for New South Wales member public libraries.
- Bibliostat Connect - analyse statistics across years and compare with other NSW public libraries
- Bibliostat Collect - for NSW public libraries to input their own data (we will notify libraries when this form is activated)