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Public Library Statistics

Fact: 322 public libraries serve a population of 4, 723,491 (2019). Public libraries are the most heavily used and trusted facility in New Zealand’s cultural and recreational sector with over 32,899, 392 visitors per year.

Every year, we collect data from public libraries around the country. These statistics allow for bench-marking and trend analysis within the public library sector and enable advocacy on behalf of one of New Zealand’s most valuable assets: our public library service.

Data collection for the 2018-19 year is underway.

To request the 2017-18 statistical information, please complete and submit the form below.

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For an interactive map featuring all New Zealand public libraries.