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Public libraries

Public Libraries Victoria Network

The Library is committed to creating a stronger relationship with public libraries across the state, in order to deliver better services to Victorians.

The document Framework for collaborative action defines the basis of the relationship between Victoria's 43 public library services, the Library Board of Victoria and the State Library of Victoria.

This relationship is continually enhanced through collaborative activities such as provision of professional development opportunities for public librarians, and activities or events such as the Summer Read.

Internet and PC usage in Victorian public libraries

This study surveys nearly 4000 users of public library computer and internet services and demonstrates that public libraries play a vital role in supporting the democratic rights of Victorian citizens in the 21st century. You can read the report, published by the State Library of Victoria and the Public Libraries Victoria Network, at the Public Libraries Victoria Network website.

Dollars, sense and public libraries

This independent report produced for the State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network analyses the socio-economic value of our public libraries. You can download the key findings, summary report and supporting technical report from the bottom of this page.

National Year of Reading

The National Year of Reading is a collaborative project developed by Australian libraries and library associations, in partnership with other organisations that share a passion for reading. The Library is proud to be a founding partner of the National Year of Reading and is running reading-related events, activities and programs for all ages during 2012.

The Summer Read

Each year the Library runs a summer reading program that celebrates Victoria as a centre for great writing, great books and great readers. The program takes place in public libraries across the state.

Focusing on books set in Victoria or by Victorian authors, the Summer Read invites you to share your favourite summer reads and attend events around the state.

The Independent Type

The independent type was an exhibition about Victoria's rich written culture, which was initially held at the State Library and toured Victorian public libraries.

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