2018-19 Snapshot

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OUR PEOPLE

  • 365 staff (average full-time equivalent)
  • Median age of staff is 47 years
  • 79.1%% of ongoing staff have worked at the Library for over five years
  • 69 registered volunteers
  • Approximately 1,922 Friends of the National Library

OUR COLLECTIONS

Physical

  • Total 261 shelf kilometres housing the collections
  • Approximately 10 million collection items in 2018–19
  • 2 new shelf kilometres
  • 375, 308 new collection items

Digital

  • Total 5.13 petabytes of digital storage
  • 27, 239 new items acquired in digital format

ACCESS AND USAGE

37.68 million visits to NLA online

  • 110,900 physical items delivered to users either in reading rooms or offsite via interlibrary loan or document supply
  • 41,600 reference and information inquiries answered by Library staff

28.3 million visits to Trove website

  • 5.73 billion Australian and online resources available
  • 26.58 million newspaper pages freely available online
  • 315.79 million lines of text corrected

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Facebook: 56,806 engagements
  • Twitter: 44,250 engagements
  • Instagram: 42,193 engagements
  • Blog: 78 blog posts

We operate from four buildings

  • The main Library building
  • Two offsite collection storage repositories
  • An office in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta

We operate three reading rooms and two galleries in the main Building

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

VISITORS

574,318 onsite visitors

Our staff delivered onsite programs including:

  • 91 public events
  • 703 volunteer-led tours
  • 199 organised school programs
  • 30 learning programs

In 2018-19, there were:

  • 281,963 reading room visitors
  • 224,499 visitors to our exhibition galleries
  • 72,687 visitors to events
  • 8,136 school students

643,398 offsite visitors