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Ararat Rural City

Profile Performance

Provision of print and digital based resources to the community in a variety of formats including collection services, e-services, research tools and interactive learning programs

Number of times a library resource is borrowed

Number of library collection item loans per library collection item

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

3.29

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

2.53

All Councils (2018-2019)

4.63

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 4.05 2.45 4.59
2016-2017 3.67 2.41 4.49
2017-2018 3.39 2.52 4.65
2018-2019 3.29 2.53 4.63

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

Council's library collection is well utilised by community members accessing both printed and digital materials at our Ararat and Lake Bolac branches and via our mobile and home library service.

Proportion of library resources less than 5 years old

Percentage of the library collection that has been purchased in the last 5 years

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

54.43%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

59.17%

All Councils (2018-2019)

66.13%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 66.46% 53.72% 63.59%
2016-2017 69.09% 55.73% 64.77%
2017-2018 63.38% 55.29% 64.73%
2018-2019 54.43% 59.17% 66.13%

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

This result remains within the expected range. The purchasing of book stock is managed under a service agreement with City of Ballarat, who ensures a modern and relevant library collection. Council believes this percentage of new stock reflects an appropriate level of service that meets community expectations and demand. Council's continued commitment to increase our digital stock including e-audio, e-magazines and e-books has seen an increase in resources to meet demand in this area.

Cost of library service per visit

Direct cost to council of the library service per visit

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

$6.92

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$7.76

All Councils (2018-2019)

$7.07

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $7.64 $8.20 $6.77
2016-2017 $7.35 $6.49 $6.39
2017-2018 $7.26 $7.44 $6.82
2018-2019 $6.92 $7.76 $7.07

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

Despite a slight reduction in library visitation for 2018/2019, Council has managed a reduction in the direct cost of the library service by decreasing administration and labour costs.

Active library members in municipality

Percentage of the municipal population that are members of the library and have borrowed a library collection item. This indicator includes e-books from 2015/16 onwards, which may affect a council's variance from 2014/15.

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

13.59%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

15.79%

All Councils (2018-2019)

15.41%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 14.55% 17.98% 17.73%
2016-2017 14.59% 17.88% 16.93%
2017-2018 12.78% 16.21% 15.82%
2018-2019 13.59% 15.79% 15.41%

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

The community continues to have high engagement levels with the library service. Active library membership is marginally higher than 2017/2018.