Canberra is lucky when it comes to libraries, as it not only has the whole range of different library types, but also libraries in every level of government (local/state/federal), not to mention libraries in all levels of educational institutions and private organisations. But, does Canberra have the oft’ quoted, almost mythical figure of “over 300 libraries”? Well, a look around the net indicates that Canberra really does have allot of libraries…
We have the local ACT Public Library Service (with 8 branches), and the local New South Wales regional Queanbeyan Public Library (with 3 branches).
As well, there is the National Library of Australia, which is the national deposit library, and home to the Australian union catalogue (accessible using Trove).
The major Federal Government departments almost all have libraries (members of AGLIN like the Australian Parliamentary Library, Defence , Environment, Attorney-General’s, DFAT, and Broadband & Communications)
The Territory Government departments also have libraries (like the ACT Health Library, the Supreme Court Library, and the Education Department).
Statutory Authorities are independent government funded organisations, and most of these have libraries (like the Institute of Criminology, Productivity Commission, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Australian Federal Police, Australian Electoral Commission, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and the Australian Sports Commission).
Canberra is home to many national institutions with libraries (like the National Museum, the National Gallery, and
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