Facts and figures
Our operating revenue for 2011–2012 is estimated at $62.9 million, comprising:
- $49.0 million (78%) in government appropriation
- $13.9 million in external revenue.
Our expenses in 2011–2012 are estimated at $76.2 million ($62.7 million excluding collection depreciation), including:
- $37.0 million (49%) in salaries
- $17.4 million in supplier expenses
- $7.7 million depreciation and amortisation with equivalent funding used to replace assets—buildings, software, plant and equipment
- $13.5 million for collection depreciation for which no equivalent funding is provided
In addition to the above revenue the government is providing the Library with $9.8 million to assist in developing the collection.
Our buildings number five: four in Canberra and one in Jakarta, Indonesia. They are:
- the main Library building
- two repositories for offsite collection storage
- an exhibitions fabrication workshop
- an office in Jakarta within the Australian Embassy.
Our staff in 2010–2011 averaged 479 employees (equal to 438 full-time staff):
- 71% of staff are female
- 29% of staff have been in the Library for at least 15 years
- the median age of staff is 46 years. The Library also has a volunteer program which currently has 76 volunteers.
Our visitors—local, national and international—numbered 512 000 in 2010–2011.
Our Friends of the National Library is an active group with around 2000 members. Major Friends events include the annual Kenneth Myer Lecture and the celebration of the contribution of a significant Australian to books and book culture.
Our website received over 339 million page views in 2010–2011, a 22% increase over the previous year.
Facts on the Library’s collections
There are approximately 10 million items in the Library’s collection. The Library collects books, journals, newspapers, archives, manuscripts, pictures, photographs, musical scores, maps, websites and oral history and folklore recordings.
In 2010–2011, the Library received 81 800 new items.
As at June 2011, the proportion of the Library’s collection currently on the online catalogue is 89.1%. The total number of items without online records is now estimated to be about 727 000 items (mostly comprising photographs and maps). The Library has an ongoing catalogue conversion program.
The Library digitises selected items in its collections. A total of 174 000 items had been digitised as at June 2011. The Library also collects online publications and websites through PANDORA and has undertaken large scale harvests of the Australian web domain. In June 2011, the total size of the Library’s digital collections reached 917 terabytes.
The Library is also undertaking a digitisation of historic Australian newspapers and as at June 2011, over 5.1 million digitised pages, or 51 million articles, were freely available to the public through Trove.
The objective of our digitisation program is to make our collections more accessible, to engage with new audiences and to preserve rare and fragile materials.
Facts on access
There are currently six reading rooms:
- Main Reading Room
- Newspapers & Microforms Reading Room
- Petherick Reading Room (a facility for advanced researchers and those using rare or vulnerable materials, and for after-hours use of special collections)
- Maps, Pictures and Manuscripts, and Asian collections reading rooms.
We are planning further reading room integration associated with a master building plan. The Pictures and Manuscripts reading rooms were integrated in October 2011.
Usage and access figures in 2010–2011 include:
- over 250 000 physical items were delivered to users either on site through the reading rooms or via interlibrary loan
- over 68 000 reference and information enquiries were answered
- 140 computers were available for public use in the reading rooms. All reading rooms were wireless enabled and this service was heavily used with up to 150 concurrent laptop users active at any one time
- over 419 000 people entered the Main and Newspapers & Microforms reading rooms
- over 24 000 people participated in Library events and education activities
- Main and Petherick reading rooms are open for a 67.5 hours a week, over seven days
- Newspapers & Microforms Reading Room is open 48 hours a week, Monday to Saturday
- Maps, Pictures and Manuscripts and Asian collections reading rooms are open 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday