Jan has collated and analysed a lot of the background and historical information about library funding, including legislation and policy documents as well as statistics and research findings. If you’re interested in learning more about the details of how NSW library funding works and how our funding today stacks up, check out some of the sources below.
- Library Act 1939 – the legislation that provides the framework for NSW public libraries; this is the version that is in force today.
- Library Regulation 2010 – prescribes the current $1.85 per resident subsidy that the NSW Government must provide.
- Acts and Regulations as made – check out historical versions of the Library Act and the various Library Amendment Acts that changed it over time, as well as earlier versions of the Library Regulation (only regulations since 1995 are available here).
Library Statistics (including funding and expenditure)
- State Library of NSW, Public Library Statistics – the State Library collects annual statistics from each council about their libraries’ funding, expenditure, usage, etc.
- National and State Libraries Australasia, Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report – The NSLA publishes an annual report that collects statistics about library funding, expenditure, usage, etc., from all states and territories.
- National Welfare & Economic Contributions of Public Libraries – an SGS Economics analysis published in 2013 and commissioned by the Australian Library and Information Association, which found that in NSW every dollar spent on public libraries delivers a community benefit of $3.20.
- Enriching Communities: The value of public libraries in NSW – a 2008 project for the Library Council of NSW which examined the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits contributed by public libraries.
Policy reviews and analyses
- Report of the Review of Public Library Funding [151kB PDF] – the report of the 2007-08 Parry Review, commissioned by the Hon. Frank Sartor to examine the funding model for public libraries in NSW.