2017-18 Snapshot

*Based on postcodes voluntarily supplied and grouped by Australian Bureau of Statistics Remoteness Area Codes.

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OUR PEOPLE

  • 382 staff (average full-time equivalent) 
  • Median age of staff is 46.7 years
  • 86% of ongoing staff have worked at the Library for over five years
  • 87 registered volunteers
  • Approximately 2,000 Friends of the National Library

OUR COLLECTIONS

Physical 

  • Total 259 shelf kilometres housing the collections
  • Approximately 10 million collection items in 2017–18 
  • 2.0–2.5 new shelf kilometres 
  • 99,679new collection items 

Digital 

  • Total 5 petabytes of digital storage
  • 23,445 new items acquired in digital format

ACCESS AND USAGE 

36.08 million visits to NLA online 

  • 119,500 physical items delivered to users either in reading rooms or offsite via interlibrary loan or document supply 
  • 44,800 reference and information inquiries answered by Library staff.

27.45 million visits to Trove website 

  • 586.68 million Australian and online resources available
  • 24.78 million newspaper pages freely available online 
  • 273.98 million lines of text corrected

SOCIAL MEDIA 

  • Facebook: 72,860 comments
  • Twitter: 58,865 tweets
  • Instagram: 11,543 followers
  • Blog: 58 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 

545,666 onsite visitors 

Our staff delivered onsite programs including

  • 130 public events 
  • 670 volunteer-led tours 
  • 155 organised school programs 
  • 33 learning programs

762,353 offsite visitors 

Our visitors included

  • 270,967 reading room visitors 
  • 135,146 visitors to our exhibition galleries 
  • 72,132 visitors to events*
  • 7,536 school students

For the first time, figures include visitors to free and paid public events (including the Enlighten festival)