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Public Libraries and their National Policies by John Helling

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Australia

Abstract:

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.

Key words

public library funding shortfalls

intra- governmental cooperation

locally funded public libraries

Historical background

Australia was relatively ...

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