Reports, Research, and other Useful Resources

Public Libraries Victoria collects a range of information to help us to benchmark, innovate, advocate and deliver the best possible library services to our communities.

Our libraries, along with peak bodies like the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA), collate and submit reports, statistics and papers to help us learn and grow.

These documents are not only invaluable for library teams across the state. They also help policymakers, funding bodies and the wider community to better understand the value and impact of library operations in Victoria. Together, we can plan for the libraries of the future.

PLV Strategic Plan

Public Libraries Victoria Strategic Plan 2023-27

Reports, Indicators, and Surveys

Victorian Public Survey and Public Library Census

PLV annual reports

Annual Surveys & Indicators

2021-2022 Reports

2020-2021 Reports

2019-2020 Reports

2018-2019 Reports

2017-2018 Reports

Earlier Reports and Surveys

Reports are available from 2010-2017

Libraries for Health and Wellbeing

Libraries for Health and Wellbeing: A Strategic framework for Victorian public libraries towards 2024 (web ready version)

The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Public Libraries Across Victoria

Submissions to State and Federal Government


The following consultants have worked with libraries on various projects – List of Consultants 

Library Buildings and Designs

Papers, Presentations, and Other Resources

Research Reports

Presentations to PLV

Scholarship & Awards (including Ramsay & Reid scholarships)

The State Library of Victoria administers a number of research programs, reflecting its place as a hub for intellectual inquiry and discourse. We award scholarships to promote high standards and leadership in the public library sector. For more information see the SLV website.

Inclusive Work Experience Toolkit  developed as part of the “Our library, our program: a job ready initiative” project/ Whitehorse Manningham Libraries (2020 Pierre Gorman Award)

Other resources

Policies, Statements and Guidelines



NSLA statistics

The Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report is an annual NSLA project that identifies and measures the usage and activities of Australia’s public library services and the services they offer. Reports are available on the NSLA website from 1996-97 onwards.