A library is a collection of sources, resources, and services, and the structure in which it is housed; it is organized for use and maintained by a public body, an institution, or a private individual. In the more traditional sense, a library is a collection of books. It can mean the collection, the building or room that houses such a collection, or both.


Image: Lalor Library via Wikimedia Commons

Many libraries are a Council responsibility.

Victorian Local Government Act 1989

Sections 196 & 197 of the Victorian Local Government Act 1989 pertain to the creation, management and winding up of regional libraries. There does not appear to be any requirement in either section for Councils to provide a library service, and libraries are not mentioned elsewhere in the act.

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External Links & References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Queensland Treasury Accounting for Library Collections Policy
  3. Western Sydney Libraries
  4. Google Search
  5. Victorian Libraries Act 1988 (Austlii)
  6. Living Libraries Infrastructure Program (DELWP)
  7. Knowledge Whittlesea
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