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An annual highlights report showcasing the work of Territory public libraries has just been released: NT Public Libraries – Connected Communities: Review of Activities 2020-21.

Following a challenging year, an annual highlights report has been released which showcases the work Northern Territory (NT) public libraries have undertaken to support our communities in 2020-21.

The report, NT Public Libraries – Connected Communities: Review of Activities 2020-21, demonstrates the progress against the Connected Communities: Vision for Northern Territory Public Libraries 2017-2023 strategy which uses a national outcomes framework to articulate the value that public libraries provide local communities.

There are 31 public library services across the NT, serving culturally and linguistically diverse, mobile and often remote populations.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NT public libraries have continued to adjust service delivery and provide support and services where required for community members, including supporting library members and visitors to organise State Border Passes and linking digital vaccination certificates.

Library services have also played a key role in 2020-21 in acknowledging and celebrating the traditional owners, including promoting, hosting and facilitating cultural and community events.

Key statistics from the report include:

  • more than 700,000 visits to Territory public libraries in 2020-21
  • around 34 per cent of the NT population are library members
  • in 2020-21, libraries held 2320 programs and events with over 41,448 attendees
  • there were 275,213 internet sessions through NT Government funded Wi-Fi hotspots in Aboriginal communities.
  • Territorians borrowed 748,010 items in 2020-21

For more information and to view the NT Public Libraries – Connected Communities Review of Activities 2020-21 visit Vision for Public Libraries | Library & Archives NT

Image taken from report cover showing people using the library

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