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4902.0 - Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/08/2001   
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    13 Libraries and Archives
      131 Libraries
      132 Archives


Group 13 Libraries and Archives consists of units mainly engaged in maintaining collections of information. Collections may consist of books, journals, newspapers, music, documents, etc. which may be stored and accessed in hard copy or by electronic means. Libraries and archives facilitate the use of such collections as are required to meet the information, research, education or recreation needs of their users. These units may also acquire, research, store, preserve and generally make accessible to the public historical documents, photographs, maps, audio material, audiovisual material and other archival material of historical interest.



This class consists of units whose main activity is the acquisition, collection, conservation and loan of materials such as books, magazines, manuscripts, musical scores, recordings, maps or prints. Libraries also perform an information service role. Information and materials may be stored and accessed electronically or otherwise.

Exclusions / References

Units mainly engaged in

(a) operating archive services are included in Class 132 Archives;

(b) commercial film and video library services are included in Class 264 Film and Video Distribution;

(c) hiring prerecorded video media to the general public are included in Class 266 Video Hire Services; and

(d) operating still film and photographic libraries where the predominant activity is the sales of rights to photographs, etc. are included in Class 279 Arts n.e.c.

Primary Activities

Lending library service

Library service

National and State/Territory library service



This class consists of units whose primary function is the permanent (or long term) preservation of unique records, selected because of their administrative, financial, legal, evidential or other information value, which are generally no longer required for the conduct of current activities by government agencies, non-government organisations or private individuals. Archives provide services which include the description and preservation of archival material and the provision of archival research and reference facilities. The records may be stored and accessed electronically or otherwise.

Exclusions / References

Units mainly engaged in

(a) operating library services are included in Class 131 Libraries; and

(b) operating commercial information storage and retrieval services are out of scope of the classification.

Primary Activities

Archive or archival service

Film archive service

National and State/Territory archive service

Photographic archive service

Sound archive service

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