General Facts

Our operating revenue for 2013–2014 was $67.9 million, comprising:

  • $50.2 million (74%) in government appropriation
  • $17.7 million in external revenue

In addition to the above revenue the government is providing the Library with $9.8 million to acquire materials for the collection.

Our operating expenses in 2013–2014 were $77.5 million ($65.1 million excluding collection depreciation), including:

  • $38.5 million (50%) in salaries
  • $16.7 million in supplier expenses
  • $7.9 million depreciation and amortisation with equivalent funding used to replace assets—buildings, software, plant and equipment
  • $12.4 million for collection depreciation

We operate from five buildings: 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 2013–2014 averaged 449 employees (equal to 424 full-time staff):

  • 67% of staff are female
  • 25% of staff have worked at the Library for at least 15 years
  • the median age of staff is 46 years

The Library also has a volunteer program with 70 registered volunteers who work at the Library welcoming visitors, offering public tours and a range of activities which make our collections more accessible. The Library also has digital volunteers who contribute to Trove through newspaper text correction, addition of tags and comments and the creation of user-generated lists.

Our visitors to the Library, local, national and international, numbered 645 000 in 2013–2014.

Our Friends of the National Library of Australia Inc is an active group with around 2000 members. In 2013-14 major Friends events included the annual Kenneth Myer Lecture presented by Professor Julian Disney on the topic of Media Standards in an Internet World, and Griffyn Fairy Tales: The Lost Mapmaker Concerts, presented in association with the Griffyn Ensemble as part of the Mapping Our World exhibition.

Our websites received over 492 million page views in 2013–2014, a 38% 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, music scores, maps, e-resources, websites, manuscripts (personal papers and organisational archives), documentary pictures, oral history and folklore recordings.

In 2013–2014, the Library received 61,900 new items.

As at June 2014, the proportion of the Library’s collection described on the online catalogue is 92%.

The Library digitises selected items in its collections to make our collections more accessible, engage with new audiences and preserve rare and fragile materials.

At June 2014 227 472 items had been digitised, including maps, music, books, journals, pictures, archives, oral history and folklore. Many of the items digitised contain multiple works, such as hundreds of photographs in a single album, or multiple pieces of music contained within a volume.

The Library is also digitising historic Australian newspapers and as at June 2014, over 13 million digitised pages, or 130 million articles, were freely available to the public through Trove.

The Library collects online publications and websites through its curated PANDORA web archive and has also undertaken large scale harvests of the Australian web domain.

In June 2014, the total size of the Library’s digital collections exceeds 3 petabytes.

Facts on access

Reading rooms

At June 2014 there were six reading rooms across the building:

  • Main Reading Room
  • Petherick Reading Room
  • Newspapers & Microforms Reading Room
  • Pictures and Manuscripts Reading Room
  • Maps Reading Room
  • Asian Collections Reading Room.

Work is well underway to integrate reading rooms in compliance with a master building plan.

Throughout 2013-14, building works focussed on the creation of a new Special Collections Reading Room bringing together service provided in the Maps, Petherick, Pictures and Manuscripts Reading Rooms.  Works will continue throughout 2015 to expand the Main Reading Room to accommodate the existing Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room.  The Asian Collections Reading Room will remain on Level 3.

Usage and access figures in 2013–2014 include:

  • over 178 000 physical items were delivered to users either in the reading rooms or offsite via interlibrary loan and document supply Library staff answered over 51 000 reference and information enquiries
  • 146 computers were available for public use in the reading rooms. All reading rooms are wireless enabled and this service was heavily used with up to 150 concurrent users at any time
  • over 380 000 entries to the Main and Newspapers & Microforms reading rooms were recorded
  • over 45 000 people participated in Library events and education activities.

Opening hours

In 2013-14:

  • Main and Petherick Reading Rooms were open for 67.5 hours a week, over seven days
  • Newspapers & Microforms Reading Room was open 48 hours a week, Monday to Saturday
  • Maps, Pictures and Manuscripts and Asian Collections reading rooms were open 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.