Children and Young People who use Libraries ACT Services
A measure of the children and young people (0-18 years) living in the ACT who use Libraries ACT services.
What do we measure?
Use of library services in the ACT by children and young people aged 0-18 years:
- number of junior and young adult items* borrowed from the library in the last 12 months
- number of children aged 0â€“15 years who attended learning programs. * Junior and young adult items refer to materials targeted to children and young people 0â€“18 years.
Why is this important?
Public libraries provide children, young people and their families with access to information, knowledge and technology. They support and encourage literacy and language development, lifelong learning, cultural and creative skills and experiences. They are free, accessible and inclusive.
This indicator on the use of the library by children and young people demonstrates a level at which those in the ACT are engaging with these opportunities for recreational and learning purposes.
This indicator provides insight which can be used in planning library collections and programs.
How is the ACT Progressing?
Table 62: Number of ACT children 0-15 years who attended Libraries ACT learning programs
Number of children (0-15 year olds)
Source: Libraries ACT database 2018.
Between 2014 and 2017, there was a downward trend in the number of ACT children aged 0-15 years who attended learning programs provided by Libraries ACT. However, in 2017-18, the number increased by 1,400 to 34,043 from 32,643 in 2016-17.
The number of junior and young adult items borrowed from the library in the last 12 months was 702,366 (693,300 physical items and 9,066 digital). The number of junior and young adult items borrowed from the library in 2016-17 was 758,435 (746,135 physical items and 12,300 digital).
This is the first year this measure is being provided as previously registered library users and participant numbers for Giggle and Wiggle and Story Time were reported.