Highlights from the Statistical Bulletin 2017-18

Each year the State Library of Queensland coordinates the collection of statistical data from Queensland public libraries and compiles the data into the Queensland Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin.

Some of the highlights from the 2017-18 data include:

  • Almost 1.8 million people attended 83,000 programs and events hosted by Queensland public libraries, an annual increase of more than 10 percent
  • Per capita attendance at programs reached 0.37, compared to the national average of 0.27
  • Electronic resources continued to grow in popularity, representing almost 15% of all loans in 2017-18
  • The usage of ebooks grew to 5.6% of all loans in 2017-18, continuing the strong growth of recent years
  • Over 994,000 items, both physical and electronic, were added to public library collections in 2017-18

Overall the reported data illustrates the changing role of public libraries, with loans and memberships no longer the main indicators of public library usage. Physical visits to libraries are no longer solely to borrow library materials and now include attendance at programs and events, accessing online services and using creative spaces and equipment. Online visits to public libraries also represent a significant proportion of usage, with 24/7 availability of resources and content.

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. For more information or if you require an excel version of any of the previous reports contact lgc@slq.qld.gov.au