ACT Legislative Assembly

Inquiry into ACT Libraries

The Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services invites submissions to its inquiry into ACT Libraries.

Make a submission

Information about how to make a submission is available at:

The Committee prefers submissions to be lodged electronically (Word format), although handwritten submissions are acceptable. All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a name, an email address, a postal address and a telephone contact number. Personal contact details will not be published.

The closing date for submissions is 21 September 2018. However, if you will have difficulty meeting this date, please inform the Secretary of your intention to make a submission and request an extension.

Submissions should be sent to the Committee Secretary, by post to Legislative Assembly for the ACT, GPO Box 1020 Canberra ACT 2601, or by email to

Please spread the word

The Committee wishes to gather a wide range of views on ACT Libraries, and would like this information to reach as many people as possible. We would be grateful if you could pass the inquiry’s terms of reference to any other people or organisations you think may be interested. If you produce a newsletter, please include this information in your publication.

Further information

For more information please contact the Committee Secretary, Brianna McGill on 6205 0124 or at

The Standing Committee on the Environment and Transport and City Services inquire into the current and future need for library sites and the best, most cost effective model of library service points with particular reference to:

(1) The role of libraries within the ACT community

(2) Strategic planning for libraries in the ACT including:

  • (a) Current practice
  • (b) Potential revisions to current practice and the associated benefits
  • (c) Opportunities for community involvement

(3) The nature and extent of current and future community demand for different library services including:

  • (a) Non-digital offerings
  • (b) Digital offerings
  • (c) Education and training opportunities
  • (d) Facilities available for public use
  • (e) Spaces for learning, creativity and for achieving social inclusion
  • (f) Other government services co-located with libraries, and
  • (g) Any other library services sought by the community

(4) The extent to which ACT Libraries are positioned to respond flexibly to meet current and future community opportunities and demands

(5) The extent to which ACT Libraries are accessible to the community, including:

  • (a) Opening hours
  • (b) Locations and
  • (c) Disability access

(6) The cost effectiveness of existing branches

(7) Comparative analysis of ACT Libraries with library services in other jurisdictions and community take-up of these services

(8) Any legislative considerations that may be relevant

(9) Any other relevant matter

Terms of Reference PDF (223.6 KB) Word (202.5 KB)
Media Releases - Inquiry into ACT Libraries PDF (118.5 KB) Word (184.5 KB)


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