True public libraries in Australia bloomed later than their counterparts in other English-speaking countries. The Munn-Pitt report and the work of a few high-profile individuals were instrumental in steering the Australian system away from subscription libraries and other antiquated models. Currently, public libraries are legally a partnership endeavor between state and local governments, although local governments provide the lion’s share of funding. Although use of Australian public libraries compares with that of other developed nations, funding lags far behind.
public library funding shortfalls
intra- governmental cooperation
locally funded public libraries
Australia was relatively ...