CASL Libraries 2003-A Snapshot of Their History, Services and Key Facts

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CASL Libraries 2003-A Snapshot of Their History, Services and Key Facts


ACT Library and Information Service

Mission

ACT Library and Information Services facilitates access to a range of information and related educational, heritage, cultural and recreational services and resources.

History

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

Mission

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. 

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