Some findings from a two-year study of public libraries in Victoria are highlighted.
From The Age:
There are more than 27 million visits to Victoria’s public libraries and 50 million loans a year, with half a million loans in languages other than English.
Digital library services are booming. More than 300,000 e-books were downloaded from public libraries in 2011-12, 15 times as many as the previous year. There were 1.3 million wireless sessions at libraries, more than double the 515,000 from the year before.
About 1.7 million people attended programs in Victorian public libraries last financial year, with story time – reading books to children – the most offered program.