Public libraries are much-loved and much-used facilities. Every year Western Australia’s 232 public libraries welcome more than 7 million West Australians who seek to access library services onsite, online or elsewhere in their community. Over 1 million people are active members of their local public library, borrowing more than 11 million physical items and 2.5 million digital items in 2020-21.
Delivering on the WA Public Libraries Strategy 2022 – 2026 will ensure that we continue to make a real difference for the WA community – large and small, metropolitan, regional and remote. The Public Libraries Working Group (PLWG) leads this work on behalf of State and Local Government to “deliver more agile and innovative public library services and programs that respond to the diverse needs of Western Australian communities and are sustainable into the future".
The WA Public Libraries Strategy is the result of extensive community consultation through the Public Libraries Working Group and with stakeholders including local government authorities.