May 19, 2022

Report: Libraries in Australia Booming in Digital Age

From The Straits Times:

According to data published by The Sydney Morning Herald, about 7.6 million people visited Australian libraries in the 12 months to July last year – or almost a third of the population. Three-quarters of these people visited at least four times in the year. In comparison, 6.7 million people toured museums and 6.3 million visited art galleries.

In Sydney, there has been a “libraries boom” – as the media has dubbed it – which has included several new libraries being built in suburbs with fast-growing residential populations.

In August, the inner-city suburb of Marrickville opened a new A$40 million library on the site of an old hospital. It includes an outdoor garden, a cafe and event room.

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See Also: Australia: State Library of Victoria Reopens After Five-Year, $88 Million Redevelopment (December 5, 2019) 

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.