New agreements will benefit libraries across Australia

At a meeting at ALIA House today, Books Create Australia, of which the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is a founder member, announced the launch of the new Books Create Australia website and unveiled two industry agreements which will benefit libraries across the nation.

The first is the Jolly Postman agreement, named after the 1986 book The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It enables libraries to photocopy the removable inserts of children’s activity picture books so lost items can be easily replaced.

The second is the storytime agreement which addresses the grey area of copyright law around whether libraries can host storytime events outside the library premises, without needing to seek permission from the copyright holder.

These agreements follow on from an earlier industry breakthrough about the use of images of book covers by libraries to promote programs and collections. 

‘The launch of the Books Create Australia website and the announcement of these two industry copyright agreements shows how closely libraries are working with publishers, authors and booksellers. Together we can champion Australian books and writing. It’s a vital part of Australia being a reading nation,’ Robert Knight, ALIA President, said.

Books Create Australia is made up of Australian Booksellers Association; Australian Library and Information Association; Australian Publishers Association; and Australian Society of Authors.  

About the Australian Booksellers Association

The ABA promotes the unique benefits of bookshops and the interests of Australian booksellers. This diverse association of businesses provides education and training, advocacy, technical advice and marketing support. They recognise and celebrate the special role that books and bookselling play in society – creating community, supporting creativity and ideas, and opening doors to other worlds and experiences.

About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.

About the Australian Publishers Association

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is the peak national body of the Australian publishing industry. Established in 1948, the Association is an advocate for all Australian publishers – large and small; commercial and non-profit; locally and overseas owned. Its members include publishers from all sectors of the publishing industry - trade and children’s, schools and academic publishing.

About the Australian Society of Authors

The ASA is the professional association for Australia's authors and illustrators. They provide advocacy, support and advice for authors and illustrators in matters relating to their professional practice.


Karolina Firman, Communications Officer,

Wednesday 18 September 2019 1:30pm