Future public library collections: how are we going to get there? – Shana Harvey, Brisbane City Council Libraries

Future public library collections: how are we going to get there? – presented by Shana Harvey, Manager Library Services at Brisbane City Council, at ALIA Information Online 2013

Brisbane City Council Libraries, which serve ~500,000 members, commissioned TNS Research to survey Brisbane residents (users and non-users) in 2011 and 2012 who had read at least one book in the last 12 months. The research had a particular focus on attitudes towards and use of ebooks

The research found that:

  • Libraries are an important driver for reading/book choice discovery
  • Library borrowers are also book buyers
  • Half of all readers are already downloading free ebooks (sometimes illegally copied, but also legitimately free ebooks), but only 12% borrowed ebooks through a library. This indicates a real opportunity for libraries to serve those users who are not willing to pay for ebooks, in such a way that some commercial return is still available to publishers for this segment of the market
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