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This article presents results for the ACT from two Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys conducted for the 2003-04 financial year - Museums, Australia (cat. no. 8560.0) and Public Libraries, Australia (cat. no. 8561.0).
Admissions by State(a)
Paid and Free Admissions
Some 84% of all admissions to ACT museums and art galleries were free during 2003-04, the highest of all states and territories. South Australia was next, with 78% of all admissions free.
Paid and Free Admissions by State(a)
There were 993 people employed in ACT museums and art galleries at 30 June 2004, which accounted for 13% of all museum and art gallery employment in Australia. The ACT was the third largest employer of all states and territories, behind New South Wales (2,542) and Victoria (2,011). During the month of June 2004 there were also 611 volunteers working in ACT museums and art galleries. The ACT was the only state or territory in which the number of paid employees exceeded the number of volunteers.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE ACT
At 30 June 2004, there were 11 public library locations (including 2 mobile libraries) in the ACT. Together they held over half a million books and other library materials. These libraries were visited by more than 1.8 million people during 2003-04, who made over 2.4 million loans. On average there were 7 Internet workstations per ACT library location at 30 June 2004, more than in any other state or territory.
Visits and Loans
The 1.8 million visits to ACT libraries represented about 5.5 visits per head of population, higher than the national average. In contrast, the number of loans per head of resident population was lower for the ACT than for Australia. Total loans to the public from ACT libraries for 2003-04 were 2.4 million in number, of which 1.8 million were for books (75%). The graph below compares ACT visits to, and loans from, libraries with other states and territories per head of resident population.
Library Visits and Loans, States and territories(a)