Public Libraries in Victoria, 2014-15

Victoria has 346 library facilities:

  • 272 branch libraries,
  • 29 mobile libraries, and; 
  • 45 other library outlets (incl. self-serve, depots and collection vending machines)

Around 1 in 5 Victorians access a local library

  • 1.1 million active library members
  • 29 million library visits
  • 47 million items borrowed (physical and electronic)
  • an average of 43 items each

Library programs attract 1.8 million attendances across the state, to range of activities and events:

  • rhyme time and story time,
  • school holiday programs,
  • book clubs,
  • digital literacy training, and;
  • cultural events.

 These library outlets employed the full time equivalent of 1,778 staff.

Children's participation (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012*)

73.4% of children in Victoria, between the ages of 5 and 14 years old, read of pleasure in their spare time:

  • Girls are more likely to read for pleasure with a higher participation rate of 78.5% compares to a participation rate of 68.5% for boys.

(* source - 4901.0 - Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, Apr 2012)

Employment in the wider Literary Sector (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census data**)

  • In 2011, 6,559 Victorians were employed as Librarians or Archivists as their main job in a variety of industries.
  • 6,631 Victorians were employed as writers or print media workers as their main job.

(** source - 6273.0 - Employment in Culture, Australia, 2011)