Shelved: Industry emphasis has moved from physical books to digital reading and research

Libraries and archives collect, preserve and provide public access to various forms of digital and physical media, such as books, journals and newspapers. The Libraries and Archives industry is primarily funded by governments based on the public good it provides, with most industry services provided to users free of charge. Government funding accounts for more than 90% of industry revenue. As a result, trends in federal, state and local government funding strongly influence industry performance. The remaining share of industry revenue is typically derived from fees and late charges, as well as private funding and donations.Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 0.5% over the five years through 2017-18, to $1.5 more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Libraries are expected to continue incorporating greater volumes of electronic materials
  • Overall library activity is expected to grow, driven by growth in online libraries and archives
  • Improving cost efficiency will become increasingly important for industry operators
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The Libraries and Archives industry is split into three service segments: national and state public libraries, local government libraries, and national and state archives. Government expenditure accounts for approximately 90% of industry revenue, with the remaining share derived from own-source income channels such as hiring fees, database access and private funding.Local government librariesLocal government libraries account for over half of industry revenue in the current year. Local government libraries hold generalised collections that aim to cater to all community groups. The number of local government libraries has declined over the past five years, with most of these closures coming from municipal libraries. Loc...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Libraries and Archives Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Libraries and Archives Industry are

  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Ability to take advantage of government subsidies and other grants
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government funding for heritage and arts and Population in the Libraries and Archives industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Libraries and Archives Industry?

    Libraries and archives collect and maintain various types of media, such as books, journals, newspapers and music. Industry establishments display many of these materials for public access, as well as preserving collections for the historical record. All or part of industry collections may be accessible online.

    Industry Products
  • National and state public libraries
  • Local government libraries
  • National and state archives
  • Industry Activities
  • Archival operation
  • Film archive operation
  • Lending library operation
  • Library operation (except motion picture stock footage and distribution)
  • Mobile library operation
  • Motion picture film archive operation
  • Music archive operation
  • Reference library operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Government funding for heritage and arts
  • Population
  • Internet connections
  • Secondary school retention rate

  • Current Performance
  • Digital and community engagement
  • Employment and costs
  • Industry structure and profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Technology change and employment
  • Catalogue costs
  • Table: Libraries and Archives Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Libraries and Archives Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book and Magazine Wholesaling
  • Computer and Electronic Equipment Repair
  • Data Storage Services
  • Internet Publishing and Broadcasting
  • Newspaper and Book Retailing

  • Products & Services
  • Local government libraries
  • National and state public libraries
  • National and state archives
  • Chart: Libraries and Archives Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Visitors aged 25 to 54
  • Visitors aged 55 and over
  • Visitors aged 15 to 24
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Libraries and Archives Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Purchases
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Libraries and Archives

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Libraries and Archives Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    National Archives of Australia, Library Council of New South Wales,
  • Table: National Archives of Australia - financial performance
  • Table: Library Council of New South Wales - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Libraries and Archives Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Libraries and Archives Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Libraries that cannot be accessed by the general public, but act as a storehouse for documents of special significance.
  • Municipal Libraries
  • Libraries that are funded by state and local governments and service a specific geographic region.
  • Periodicals
  • Any printed material (including newspapers and magazines) that are issued on a date-specific timeline.
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