Which state has the most libraries? Libraries provide an important public service, and increase accessibility to information. Libraries are also pinnacles of the sharing economy, which is increasing in popularity across the world, and allow equal access to information to all citizens.
This FACT indicates the number of libraries per 100,000 people in each state and territory from the years 2015 to 2016. The main activities of libraries are the acquisition, collection, organisation, preservation and loan of library materials such as books, magazines, manuscripts, musical scores, maps and prints. It provides physical or digital access to material, and may be a physical building, a room, or a virtual space. This count only includes physical spaces, since virtual libraries can be accessed from anywhere.
The number of libraries was then calculated as a proportion of the population. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory at 13 libraries per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is Canberra at 2 per 100,000 people.