Public Libraries Victoria is a collaborative and advocacy organisation and the peak body for Victorian public library managers, comprising representatives of every public library service in the state. Initiatives range from information sharing and training to setting up of consortia to conduct projects and purchase materials in a collaborative manner.
Victoria has 47 public library services. There are 34 services operated by individual councils, 10 regional library corporations which provide services for a number of councils, two shared library services and the Vision Australia Information and Library service which provides services to the print-impaired.
Throughout Victoria there are 275 branch libraries, 30 mobile libraries and 59 other service points. Branch and mobile libraries are open 12,280 hours per week and receive nearly 30 million visits each year. There are 2.118 million Victorians who belong to a public library.
PLV is incorporated under the Associations Act and its duties and obligations are set out in its constitution. Membership is institutional.
PLV is the voice of Victorian public libraries.
We collaborate to assist member organisations to more sustainably deliver community-focused library services and outcomes by:
leading the Victorian public library sector and building its capacity
shaping the strategic direction of and investment in public libraries
influencing stakeholder perceptions, attitudes and decisions.
Values and Behaviours
We value equity, transparency and creativity. We work in a professional, collegial and inclusive way. Our actions are future-focused, results-driven and evidence-based.