Attendance icon Attendance

Attendance at Victorian libraries (ABS figures)

In the year 2017-18 of Victorians aged 15 years or over:

  • 32% attended libraries and archives

57% of all Victorians children aged 5-14 years attended at least one library or archive in the year 2017-18.

literature iconCreative participation in literature

The National Arts Participation Survey conducted by the Australia Council for the Arts found that in 2019, 13% of Victorians participated in literary activities, such as creative writing. In 2019, 3.7 million Victorians aged 15 years and over read at least one printed book, e-book or listened to an audio book for pleasure, equivalent to 71% of the population.

Visit the Audience Atlas Victoria 2019 to learn more about Victoria’s arts audiences.

Libraries iconFunded libraries

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Victorian Public Libraries

Find general information about Victorian public libraries.

Find statistics about Victorian public libraries such as the number of Libraries in Victoria, the hours spent open, the number of visitors and the number of members.

Melbourne, a UNESCO City of Literature

Almost half of all Victorians are library members. Melburnians consume more books, magazines and newspapers per capita than any other city in Australia and enjoy the highest concentration of community book clubs in the country.

Victoria also has more publishers than any other state.

Melbourne is home to Australia’s oldest public library, The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas and was the second UNESCO City of Literature awarded in the world.

Employment iconEmployment in the wider libraries and printing sector

According to the latest ABS Census data, 7,122 Victorians are employed as librarians or archivists as their main job in a variety of industries, 5,153 are in non-cultural or creative industries.

Read about employment in the Print Media Sector.