National State and Territory Libraries

About National State and Territory Libraries

The nation’s nine collecting institutions are the National Library of Australia, the State Libraries of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, the ACT Heritage Library and the Northern Territory Library. The primary role of these libraries is to collect, preserve and provide access to the documentary history of Australia, including books, manuscripts, documents, images, maps and other materials, in print, digital and other formats. The collective body representing these institutions is National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) which also includes the National Library of New Zealand.

The state and territory libraries play a leadership role in supporting public libraries within their jurisdiction, and there is a close bond with archives, museums, galleries, university and special libraries, which also hold unique collections.

Figures from NSLA show that during the 2014-2015 financial year (from annual summary report):

  • 12.4 million people visited our library buildings
  • 37.9 million visits were made to our websites, including Trove
  • 12.7 million visits were made to library catalogues 
  • 4,756 terabytes of digital collections were stored 
  • $36.7 million was the total spend on collections
  • $5 billion was the asset value of our collections 
  • $993 million was the asset value of our buildings/sites.

ALIA Futures has more information about collecting institutions.