1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 53), Aug 2005  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/09/2005   
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All ABS Publications Now Free on the Web!

Many LEP libraries have been providing online access to ABS publications via the ABS web site. But, as of 1 July, the ABS is providing free access to electronic publications to everyone wherever they may be – home, business, school, or in their local library. eLEP subscribers no longer need to let us know about changes to their IP addresses as no special IT set up or passwords are required - just access to the Internet!

What's free?

  • All electronic publications in PDF and HTML format. Over 1,000 titles back to 1998.
  • Electronic tables in spreadsheet or data-cube format which contain publication tables.

And, most, if not all, of the remaining ABS standard priced products could be free from 1 January 2006, pending a final decision. This would include time series spreadsheets and data cubes.

Whilst your clients may not need to come into the library as often in order to access ABS publications, they will continue to need your library's expertise to help identify the ABS information they need. This is a great opportunity to raise your community’s awareness about the wealth of ABS information which is now freely available to them.

And the ABS Library Extension Program will continue to be there to support its members with selected free printed publications and with free training, advice and support.

Want more information? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are provided on our web site at www.abs.gov.au. Select the trolley icon, 'Publications now free to download' link on the right hand side. Or email us at library@abs.gov.au.