CASL Libraries 2003-A Snapshot of Their History, Services and Key Facts
ACT Library and Information Service
ACT Library and Information Services facilitates access to a range of information and related educational, heritage, cultural and recreational services and resources.
1927 No public library services for the new city of Canberra when Parliament House opened. 1935 Small building erected in Kings Ave to house the National Library collection, including a lending service for the people of Canberra. 1947 National Library Extension Division established to develop public library services for ACT. 1952 Pilot children's library opened in Kingston, with another at Corroboree Park in 1953. 1960 The name Canberra Public Library Service was adopted and in 1963 the Canberra Public Library Service Advisory Committee was established to advise the Council of the National Library. Canberra's population increased from 46,000 in 1959 to 121,000 in 1969. 1961 Civic Library opened in March 1961, followed by Hughes Library in 1964 and a children's library in Lyneham. Also Downer, Red Hill and Narrabundah. 1969 First permanent district library opened in Dickson, then Woden Library in 1977. Smaller service points closed and these larger libraries added new services such as paperback lending, music listening facilities, music score lending and Print Handicapped cassette service. 1981 In July 1981 the Canberra Public Library Service was transferred from the National Library to the Department of the Capital Territory and changed its name to the ACT Library Service. 1981 Belconnen Library and Home Library Service commenced operations, followed by Erindale in 1983 and Tuggeranong in 1990. 1995 ACT Heritage Library, the local history service, commenced operations. 1996 Free public internet service became available and collections broadened to include videos, CDs. 2000 ACT Virtual Library and the centralised Customer Information Centre launched. Gungahlin Library opened in 2001. ACT Library Service changed its name to become the ACT Library and Information Service, incorporating ACT Public Library, and Specialist Services--the Women's Information and Referral Service, the ACT Government and Assembly Library and the ACT Heritage Library.
Collections and Services
* Public library collection size--600,000 items
* Collection value--$5.8 million
* Annual budget--$11 million
* Staffsize--111.5 full time equivalent
* Public library loans--2.3 million (2002-03)
* Public library customers--1.8 million (2002-03)
* Public library customers online database use--approximately 31,200 (2002-03).
State Library of New South Wales
To promote, provide and maintain library and information services for the people of New South Wales through the State Library and through cooperation with local libraries and other libraries and information agencies.
History 1826 The Australian Subscription Library is established, precursor of the State Library of New South Wales. 1869 The New South Wales Government assumes responsibility for the Library, which becomes the Sydney Free Public Library. 1895 The name changes to the Public Library of New South Wales. 1910 The Mitchell Library opens in its new building. 1942 The Public Library extensions to the Mitchell Library, including the new reading room, are opened. 1975 The name changes to the State Library of New South Wales. 1988 The new State Library building opens in Macquarie Street. …