Public library statistics now released!

Thank you for providing your annual statistics for the last year which are analysed and then make up the 2016-17 Annual Statistical Bulletin – which is now available on the Public Libraries Connect website.

It takes almost six months for the State Library of Queensland to collect and collate all public library data into the Annual Statistical Bulletin which reflects a yearlong delivery of all the programs, resources, and services you provide to your communities!

You may want to let your Council know how your service compares with other public libraries, or use the statistics to demonstrate your achievements in the previous year.

Some interesting statistics from the Bulletin include:

Highlights from the Annual Statistical Bulletin

  • More than 1.6 million people attended more than 75,000 programs and events hosted by Queensland public libraries – an 8% increase in the number of programs; and a 13.7% increase in program attendance!
Program Attendance - total per capita 2012-2017

Program attendance has risen from less than 40,000 in 2012-13 to over 1.1 million in 2016-17.

  • Early and Family Literacy Programs – this subset of overall programming (reported above) reflects the additional resources directed to this activity in recent years, specifically the First 5 Forever funding and associated professional development opportunities.
  • Collections (Stock) – total public library collections have stabilised at approximately 7 million items, with a small decline in per capita holdings. Over 960,000 new items, both physical and electronic were added to public library collections in the last financial period.

Data helps tell the stories of public library trends – so please keep collecting your data for next year. For information contact