2016-17 Funding

Operating revenue $66.178 m

  • $50.078 m government appropriation
  • $16.1 m external revenue

In addition, $9.655 m collection budget

Operating expenses $71.93 m ($61.04 m excluding collection depreciation)

The Library’s Collection

Physical

Total 259 shelf kms housing the collection
Approximately 10 million collection items

In 2016-17

  • 2.5 new shelf kilometres
  • 139,141 new collection items

Digital

Total 5.69 petabytes of digital storage

  • 74,777 new items in digital format

Access and Usage

30.6 m visits to NLA online

  • over 111,700 physical items delivered to users either in reading rooms or offsite via interlibrary loan or document supply
  • over 39,800 reference and information enquiries answered by Library staff 

22.23 m visits to Trove website

  • 534.73 m Australian and online resources available
  • 23.14 m newspaper pages freely available online
  • 234.5 m lines of text corrected

We operate from four Buildings

  • the main Library building
  • two offsite collection storage repositories
  • an office in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta

Social Media in 2016-17

  • Facebook: 42,277 comments
  • Twitter: 52,814 tweets
  • Instagram: 8,278 images
  • Blogs: 124 blog posts 

The Library operates three reading rooms and two galleries in the main building

  • Main Reading Room (including Newspapers and Family History)
  • Special Collections Reading Room (including the Petherick Reading Room)
  • Asian Collections Reading Room
  • Treasures Gallery
  • Exhibition Gallery

Visitors

  • 497,025 onsite visitors
  • 1,169,344 offsite visitors

In 2016-17 there were

  • 257, 484 reading room visitors
  • 107,464 visitors to our exhibition galleries
  • 11,708 visitors to events
  • 7,625 school students 

Library staff delivered onsite programs including

  • 90 public events
  • 620 volunteer tours
  • 194 organised school programs
  • 42 learning programs

Our People

  • 380 paid staff*                                               
  • median age is 46 years                               
  • 76% staff have worked at Library for over 5 years                                                               
  • 74 registered volunteers                                            
  • approx. 2,000 Friends of the National Library

*Average full-time equivalent (FTE) staffing