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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
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TECHNOLOGY

Increasingly, libraries are introducing new technologies to ensure the public have access to information. The Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report, 2009-10 compiled by Public Library Services, State Library of Queensland, reports that in 2009-10, there were 9,193 public access Internet terminals provided within Australian Public Libraries. This is a 6% increase from 2008-09 and a 36% increase in the last 5 years. The most populous states had the largest number of public access Internet terminals in public libraries in 2009-10, with 2,735 in New South Wales, 2,023 in Queensland and 1,951 in Victoria. However, Tasmania had the most public access Internet terminals per 10,000 people in 2009-10 (7.7), followed by South Australia (6.7), Northern Territory and Queensland (4.5).

10.7 Public Access Internet Terminals provided in Australian Public Libraries(a) - 2005-06 to 2009-10

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
NT
Tas.(b)
ACT
Australia

Number

2005-06 no.
2 082
1 354
1 388
636
676
133
424
72
6 765
2006-07 no.
2 216
1 476
1 781
685
736
96
462
72
7 524
2007-08 no.
2 414
1 630
1 615
746
811
61
484
60
7 821
2008-09 no.
2 587
1 723
1 974
890
809
103
484
82
8 652
2009-10 no.
2 735
1 951
2 023
1 093
819
103
391
78
9 193
Change over 5 year period %
31
44
46
72
21
-23
-8
8
36
Change to previous year %
6
13
2
23
1
-
-19
-5
6

Per 10,000 people

2005-06 no.
3.1
2.7
3.4
4.1
3.3
6.4
8.7
2.2
3.3
2006-07 no.
3.2
2.8
4.3
4.3
3.5
4.5
9.4
2.1
3.6
2007-08 no.
3.5
3.1
3.8
4.7
3.8
2.8
9.7
1.7
3.7
2008-09 no.
3.6
3.2
4.5
5.5
3.6
4.6
9.6
2.3
4.0
2009-10 no.
3.8
3.5
4.5
6.7
3.6
4.5
7.7
2.2
4.1
Change over 5 year period %
24
32
31
62
8
-30
-11
-1
25
Change to previous year %
4
11
-
21
-1
-2
-20
-7
4

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Including mobile libraries
(b) Tasmania’s figures include co-located online access centres. LINCs (Learning & Information Network Centres) include libraries, online access centres and adult education venues.
Source: Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report, 2009-10, Public Library Services, State Library of Queensland, September 2011


According to the ABS (2005c) Public Libraries, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8561.0), Local libraries had 4,638 Internet workstations in 2003-04, a 64% increase since 1999-2000. National and state libraries had increased their number of Internet workstations from 173 (or 7 workstations per location) in 1999-2000 to 426 (or 25 workstations per location) in 2003-04.

10.8 INTERNET FACILITIES IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES - 1999-2000 and 2003-04

1999-2000
2003-04
Local libraries
National and State libraries
Local libraries
National and state libraries
no.
no.
no.
no.

Internet workstations
2 832
173
4 638
426
Internet workstations per location(a)
2
7
3
25

(a) Excludes deposit stations as they do not have Internet facilities.
Source: Public Libraries, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8561.0).






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