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Kingston 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

Physical library collection usage

Number of physical library collection item loans per physical library collection item. Updated in 2019 to focus on physical library items.

Kingston City (2019-2020)

3.75

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

4.62

All Councils (2019-2020)

3.56

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Kingston City Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 4.20 5.70 4.49
2017-2018 4.03 6.05 4.65
2018-2019 4.71 6.03 4.63
2019-2020 3.75 4.62 3.56

Kingston City Council Says...

Usage of the collection was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closure of the libraries.

Proportion of library resources less than 5 years old

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

Kingston City (2019-2020)

84.14%

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

71.39%

All Councils (2019-2020)

65.34%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Kingston City Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 58.83% 72.20% 64.77%
2017-2018 60.51% 71.43% 64.73%
2018-2019 73.94% 72.04% 66.13%
2019-2020 84.14% 71.39% 65.34%

Kingston City Council Says...

The libraries' collections are continually assessed and refreshed to meet the needs of library customers.

Active library borrowers in municipality

Percentage of the municipal population that are active library borrowers (in the last three financial years) for 2019-20. Results prior to July 2019 reflect the municipal population that were members of the library and borrowed a library collection item during that year.

Kingston City (2019-2020)

16.05%

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

16.69%

All Councils (2019-2020)

14.88%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Kingston City Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 16.88% 18.12% 16.93%
2017-2018 17.16% 17.52% 15.82%
2018-2019 16.61% 16.96% 15.41%
2019-2020 16.05% 16.69% 14.88%

Kingston City Council Says...

The COVID-19 pandemic closures slightly affected the number of customers borrowing from the libraries' collections. Modified library services including home delivery and Click & Collect, and greater access to on-line resources, reduced the effect of library closures on the community.

Cost of library service per population

Direct cost to council of the library service per population. New indicator from July 2019. Please refer to retired indicators link for previous results.

Kingston City (2019-2020)

$31.56

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

$35.51

All Councils (2019-2020)

$32.10

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Kingston City Similar Councils All Councils
2019-2020 $31.56 $35.51 $32.10

Kingston City Council Says...

Council continues to invest in the libraries to provide a cost effective service, in line with the Library Strategy and the Council Plan.