Libraries are Australia’s 2nd most popular cultural venue @ $20 a head

Posted on May 30th, 2008 in Libraries by Kirsty

via the ABC, Libraries are the second most popular cultural venue: ABS
Posted Wed May 21, 2008 4:07pm AEST

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says figures show libraries are the nation’s second most popular cultural venue, behind cinemas.

The figures on library habits were released to coincide with National Library and Information Week.

This year’s theme is ‘Libraries are for everyone’ and it seems Australia agrees.

In 2006, 46 per cent of Australians over 18 visited one.

Over a 12-month period in 2005 and 2006, females were more likely to visit, with 41 per cent making the trip compared with 27 per cent of males.

Almost 1.5 million children made the journey to the library outside of school hours.

During that time, state and territory governments spent $394 million on libraries – just under $20 per person.

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