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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/12/2011   
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In June 2004, public libraries in Australia held a total of 52.8 million books and other library materials such as video and audio tapes and discs. About 39.0 million items were available as lending stock, of which 34.3 million were books. Lending stock is drawn solely from local libraries, which in 2003-04 reported 176.2 million loans, of which 138.2 million were books. There were 10.1 million registered borrowers in that year.


Local libraries
National and state libraries
All public libraries

Lending stock(a)
38 984.5
. .
38 984.5
Non-lending stock(a)
2 511.8
11 276.3
13 788.2
41 496.3
11 276.3
52 772.7

. . not applicable
(a) For 2003-04 estimates exclude heritage items.
Source: Public Libraries, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8561.0).

The national and state archives that record their holdings in metres of shelf space reported having 629,100 metres of holdings at the end of June 2004, a decrease from 688,000 metres in June 2000.

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