Most Australians go to the movies at least once a year, but it's the six million library goers who keep going back for more.
According to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 26 March 2019, while more Australians go to the movies than any other cultural venue or event, it's library goers who are racking up the most visits, with a third of attendees visiting libraries more than 10 times in the 12 month period. Only 14 per cent of movie-goers opted for the big screen this often.
That Aussies love their libraries is not news to us at Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Across the last financial year, our libraries enjoyed 1.6 million visits (and loaned 3.23 million items). Over 34% of residents of Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea Councils are members of YPRL.
The new ABS stats demonstrate that public libraries are a much-used community service. The data contributes to a growing understanding of the impact of libraries. In 2018, new economic modelling showed that every dollar invested in public libraries generates $4.30 of benefits for the state. At the local level, YPRL delivers $36.7 million in net benefits to the community.
YPRL is proud of the role it plays in building healthy, smart communities. We believe that libraries change lives - and it seems Australia agrees!
Haven't been to a library in a number of years? You might be surprised at what you'll find there!