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.