WA Public Libraries Strategy
Public libraries are much-loved and much-used facilities. Across Western Australia’s 231 public libraries, there are more than one million active library members who borrowed more than 16 million physical items and some 600,000 e-books and audio books in 2015-16. But there is a need for significant, transformational change to deliver more efficient and flexible public library services to continue to meet Western Australia’s growing and diverse community needs.
The WA Public Libraries Strategy is the result of extensive research and consultation through the Public Libraries Working Group and with stakeholders including local government authorities.
WA Public Libraries are inviting feedback on the Strategy from library members, local governments, community organisations and the Western Australian community.
Background Paper - Western Australian Public Libraries: Our Future (PDF 2MB) Correction – on page 15 of the Background Paper it should state that Karratha Library is responsible for the West Pilbara Region.
Public Libraries Partnership
The State Library provides public library collections of catalogued books and other materials, and facilitates the provision of a wide range of information services to the people of Western Australia through a Statewide network of public libraries managed by local government.
The partnership between State and local governments, and other participating bodies, is maintained and developed through consultation, joint decision making and agreed standards.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the State Library of Western Australia are committed to supporting WA public libraries and acknowledge the benefits they deliver to the community.