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Library and Information Week at Coffs Harbour Libraries



Library and Information Week is celebrated each year in May.

Library and Information Week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and showcase the many and varied resources and services that libraries provide to the community.

The event has been organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to promote the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia's book industry and the role of libraries. For more information visit the
ALIA web site.

Library and Information Week provides the community with the opportunity to:
  • find out about the wide range of services which local public and school libraries offer.
  • recognise the vital role which libraries and information services play for research and education.
  • recognise the contribution of specialist libraries for the work outcomes in corporations, government departments, hospitals and other institutions.
  • debate our information future and government approaches to it.
  • emphasise the significance of libraries in the maintenance of our history and culture at community and national levels.
  • recognise the importance of library and information services as providers of services for people who may otherwise be disadvantaged by their lack of access to information and services.
  • consider the role which libraries play in our local community, work and personal life.

Did you know?

Libraries in Australia support the development of literacy and reading, education, business, the community and provide vital public internet access.

Each year, Australia's network of 1,500 public libraries, 9000 school libraries, 40 university libraries, 380 TAFE campus libraries and thousands of health, law and other special libraries assist us with a vast range of resources and services.

  • 10 million Australians are registered users of their local public library (around 46% of the population) and many more unregistered users.
  • 178 million loans occur in Australian public libraries each year.
  • Australian public libraries receive 110 million visits each year.
  • 11,600 internet computers are currently located in public libraries around Australia
Why people love libraries
Public libraries are community-owned spaces, providing a safe environment, where everyone is welcome and respected and no-one has to justify their presence. There are quiet areas for study, but there are also fun events and programs.
Libraries offer universal free access to information, knowledge and ideas, in a wide variety of formats, including traditional print material, online content and e-books, and in many different languages. There is expert help on hand if it’s needed and most of the services are free.
Public libraries support formal and informal learning, especially reading and literacy, through all stages of life. Very young children are given a better start in life through baby rhyme-time and storytime sessions. Older children can take advantage of study space and homework clubs to improve their performance at school. There are classes for adults and opportunities to learn new skills at any age.
Job seekers find the resources they need to research vacancies and apply online; others use the internet to return information to government; for recreational pursuits, or to communicate with friends and family. 
Public libraries are places where people can meet, share and be inspired by each other, for example through reading groups – and if people are unable to travel to their library, it can go to them through mobile libraries, the home library service, and the internet.
Most public libraries have a local history section and often there is a display charting the development of the community or some aspect of local heritage. These are places where cultural identity can be explored and diversity celebrated.