Statistics

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

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2012/13 (PDF 1.6 MB) 2012/13 (Excel 1.2 MB)
2011/12 (PDF 1.5 MB) 2011/12 (Excel 2.2 MB)
2010/11 (PDF 882 KB)

Summary Statistics

There are 369 public libraries in NSW, with a further 34 satellite locations and 20 mobile libraries servicing small and isolated communities (as at July 2014).

The key indicators of public library use show that they are highly valued by their communities. 2013 figures show:

Source: State Library of NSW (2014), Public Library Statistics 2012/13 (PDF 1.6 MB)

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Resources

Note: This software is only available for New South Wales member public libraries.

Bibliostat Collect - for NSW public libraries to input their own data (we will notify libraries when this form is activated)

 

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

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