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Contents >> Human Capital Indicators >> Visits to public library facilities, per capita

CHARACTERISTIC: LIFELONG LEARNING AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING

INDICATOR: Visits to public library facilities per capita

Library visits per head from 199697 to 19992000 increased by 8%.


PUBLIC LIBRARY VISITS PER HEAD OF POPULATION


year
19961997
19992000


4.8
5.2

Source: ABS Public Libraries, Australia, 1999–2000 (cat. no. 8561.0), ABS Libraries and Museums, Australia, 1996–1997 (cat. no. 8649.0), ABS Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories (cat. no. 3201.0), June 1997June 2000.





Attendance by age group can provide a partial indication of informal lifelong learning. The highest attendance in 1999
2000 was registered by the 1517 year age group at 61% followed by the 3544 year age group at 44%.

ATTENDANCE(a) AT LIBRARIES(b), 1999

Attendance rate(c)
%

Sex
Males
30.4
Females
45.6
Persons
38.1

Age group (years)
1517
60.5
1824
38.1
2534
36.6
3544
43.7
4554
35.1
5564
30.6
65 and over
33.5

Birthplace
Australia
38.3
Main English-speaking countries
47.2
Other countries
31.1

(a) Attendance at least once in the 12 months prior to interview in April 1999.
(b) National, state or local government library only.
(c) The number of people who attended, expressed as a percentage of the number of people in that population group.
Source: ABS
Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues, Australia, April 1999 (cat. no. 4114.0).


STATISTICAL NOTES

In the 1996–97 publication ABS Libraries and Museums, 1996–1997 (cat. no. 8649.0) public Libraries comprised National and State Libraries, Local Government authority libraries, and Regional Libraries and data were aggregated. In the 1999–2000 publication, ABS Public Libraries, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8561.0) the data were not aggregated. (Regional libraries, which referred to those libraries operated jointly by more than one LGA, were not identified separately in the 1999–2000 survey.) Data for 1999–2000 were aggregated for the purposes of this indicator.

Library visits per head of population
This refers to the total number of visits to library locations during the survey period divided by the estimated resident population as at 30 June.


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