4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010  
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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, 2008-09 compiled by Public Library Services, State Library of Queensland, reports that in 2008-09, there were 8,652 public access Internet terminals provided within Australian Public Libraries. This is an 11% increase from 2007-08 and a 43% increase in the last 5 years. The most populous states had the largest number of public access Internet terminals in public libraries in 2008-09, with 2,587 in New South Wales, 1,974 in Queensland and 1,723 in Victoria. However, Tasmania had the most public access Internet terminals per 10,000 people in 2008-09 (9.6), followed by South Australia (5.5), Northern Territory (4.6) and Queensland (4.5).

10.7 Public Access Internet Terminals provided in Australian Public Libraries(a) - 2004-05 to 2008-09

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
NT
Tas.
ACT
Australia

NUMBER

2004-05 no.
1 963
1 251
1 194
628
630
122
192
77
6 057
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
Change over 5 year period %
32
38
65
42
28
-16
152
6
43
Change to previous year %
7
6
22
19
-
69
-
37
11

PER 10,000 PEOPLE

2004-05 no.
2.9
2.5
3.0
4.1
3.1
6.0
4.0
2.4
3.0
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
Change over 5 year period %
26
27
47
35
16
-24
143
-2
33
Change to previous year %
5
3
19
18
-3
65
-1
34
8

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Including mobile libraries.
Source: Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report, 2008-09, Public Library Services, State Library of Queensland, August 2010.



According to the ABS publication, 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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