In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000


Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call

131126

Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700

healthdirect

24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500


Children and Young People who use Libraries ACT Services


Indicator  description

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 0–15 years who attended learning programs. * Junior and young adult items refer to materials targeted to children and young people 0–18 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.

Policy Context

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

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Number of children (0-15 year olds)

41,303

37,619

35,126

32,643

34,043

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.