Victoria’s public libraries are invited to participate in a survey that seeks to establish baseline data about the programs and services currently provided by Australian public libraries to older adults. The research is being led by Associate Professor Gaby Haddow at Curtin University and the data collected in this survey will inform the direction of more focussed future studies.

The survey will contribute towards documenting the significant support to seniors provided by Victorian libraries, both prior to and during the Covid-9 pandemic. Read about some of this work here and here.

Potential future research may encompass topics such as the role of public libraries as:

  • centres of lifelong learning,
  • enablers of digital inclusion through the provision of technologies and support for digital literacy,
  • social and community engagement hubs,
  • trusted sources of information and safe community spaces, and
  • places for personal and professional development.

You can access the survey link here and the questionnaire will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about the research please contact Gaby Haddow.

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC 2021-0736). Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular, any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email


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