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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
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Mr Bungey asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 6 September 1977:

(   1 ) How many libraries are in his Department, where is each located and what is the main purpose of each.

(2)   How many (a) books, (b) publications and (c) periodicals (i) have been acquired in (A) 1974-75, (B) 1975-76 and (C) 1976-77, (ii) are currently in the library and (iii) will be acquired under budget provisions for 1977-78.

(3   ) What is the annual cost of running each library.

(4)   What staff are employed in each library and what major staffing changes have occurred in the past three years, or are contemplated.

(5)   When were the provision, number and purpose of libraries in the Department last reviewed by the Department and/or the Public Service Board, and what recommendations were made at that time.

(6)   Which libraries are open to the public, and what is the extent of public usage.


Mr Howard - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) There are 1 1 main library systems under the aegis of the Attorney-General.

These are:-

I.   Attorney-General's Department Central Office Library in Canberra with branches in the Deputy Crown Solicitor's Offices in the States and Territories.

II.   Australian Legal Aid Office Central Library in Canberra with Branches and Regional Offices in the States and Territories.

III.   High Court of Australia, which has a library in Melbourne and Sydney.

IV.   Institute of Legislative Drafting Library, Canberra.

V.   Australian Law Reform Commission Library, Sydney.

VI.   ACT Supreme Court Library, Canberra.

VII.   Northern Territory Supreme Court Library. Branches are located in Alice Springs and Darwin.

VIII.   Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.

IX.   Administrative Appeals Tribunal Library, Canberra.

X.   Family Court of Australia. The Central Library is located in Sydney, and Branches are located in each State.

XI.   Federal Court of Australia. Small collections of material are held in each State.

The main purpose of these libraries is to provide collections of legal material for use of members of the Judiciary and legal officers employed by the Commonwealth, and to provide a reference and research service.

I-Attorney-General's Department Central Office Library. Canberra

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:-

1974- 75-4,169

1975- 76-3,370

1976- 77-6,203

1977- 78-6,000 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication titles including law reports acquired in:-

1974- 75-96

1975- 76-150

1976- 77-113

1977- 78-100 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 60,000 vols. Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 1,200.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running the Library:

 

(4)   Staff employed in the Library: 1 x Librarian Class 3 1 x Librarian Class 2 1 x Librarian Class 1 1 x Library Officer Grade 3 1 x Library Officer Grade 2 lx Clerk Class 4 4 x Assistant Library Officers 1 x Clerical Assistant Grade 4 3 x Clerical Assistants Grade 3 3 x Clerical Assistants Grade 2 1 x Clerical Assistant Grade 1 unstaffed lx Typist Grade 1

Total 19.

No major staff changes have occurred in the Library in the past 3 years and none are contemplated.

(5)   The Central library was last reviewed in 1973 by the Public Service Board. At this time the present structure of the Library was established. The Library was reviewed Departmentally in 1975, when new accounting procedures were instituted.

(6)   The general public may read in the Library but may not borrow books. The Library is used regularly by officers of other Departments.

Deputy Crown Solicitor's Office Libraries: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Townsville.

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in total for these libraries in:-

1974- 75-1,448

1975- 76-1,064

1976- 77-2,169

1977- 78-1,560 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports, acquired in:-

1974- 75-45

1975- 76-41

1976- 77-38

1977- 78-40 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 3 1 ,068.

Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 588.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running these libraries:

(i)   Budget allocation 96,150

(ii)   Salaries........... 63,556

 

(4)   Staff employed in these libraries: 1 x Library Officer Grade 2 2 x Library Officer Grade 1 4 x Clerical Assistants Grade 3 1 x Clerical Assistant Grade 2

Total 8.

No major staff changes have occurred in these libraries over the past 3 years, and none are contemplated.

(5)   These libraries have not been reviewed by the Public Service Board in the last 3 years but a review of their adequacy is at present being undertaken within the Department

II.- Australian Legal Aid Office Central Office Library, Canberra

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:

1974- 75-329

1975- 76-163

1976- 77-95

1977- 78-95 (estimated)

The number of Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports acquired in:

1974- 75-96

1975- 76-31

1976- 77-12

1977- 78-12 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 3,700 vols. Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 139.

(   3 ) Estimated Annual cost of running the library:

 

(4)   Staff employed in the Library: 1 x Librarian, Class 2 1 x Library Officer, Grade 2 1 x Clerical Assistant, Grade 4

Total 3.

The staff employed by the Library have been reduced over the past three years by two staff members.

(5)   The Library was established in 1974.

(6)   These libraries are not open to the public for borrowing purposes. However, they do lend to other libraries when possible. Also material can be consulted on the premises with either the permission of the Librarian, Central Office or the Officer-in-Charge at the Branch and Regional Offices. Central Library assists individuals interested in legal aid. Some legal officers at the Regional Offices have assisted lawyers from the private profession who have consulted some of their legal material.

Australian Legal Aid Office Branch Libraries: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

Each of these collections is similar in size, and all material is acquired in Central Office Library. Figures have been given for one branch library.

(   2 ) The number of books ( accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:

1974- 75-218

1975- 76-76

1976- 77-33

1977- 78-33 (estimated)

The number of Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports, acquired in:

1974- 75-32

1975- 76-10

1976- 77-7

1977- 78-7 (estimated)

Current Book Stock of one Branch Library: 1 ,900 vols.

Current Periodical and Publication Titles of one Branch Library: 49.

Total Current Book Stock of aU Branch Libraries: 15,200 vols.

Total Current Periodical and Publication titles of Branch Libraries: 392.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running these libraries:

 

(4)   No staff are employed in these libraries. They are maintained from the Central Office Library.

(5)   No reviews have been made in the last 3 years.

(6)   As for reply given for Australian Legal Aid Central Office Library.

Australian Legal Aid Office Regional Office Libraries: Alice Springs, Bankstown, Blacktown, Brunswick, Burnie, Cairns, Elizabeth, Fairfield, Fremantle, Geelong, Glenroy, Inala, Ipswich, Launceston, Leichhardt, Lismore, Mackay,

Midlands, Newcastle, Orange, Rockhampton, Ryde, Southport, Sunshine, Tamworth, Townsville, Wollongong

Each of these collections is similar in size and all material is acquired in Central Office Library. Figures have been given for one regional office library

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:

1974- 75-35

1975- 76-30

1976- 77-10

1977- 78-10 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication tides, including law reports, acquired in:

1974- 75-9

1975- 76-12

1976- 77-9

1977- 78-9 (estimated)

Current Book Stock of one Regional Office Library: 470.

Current Periodical and Publication Tides of one Regional Office Library: 30.

Total Book Stock of all Regional Office Libraries: 12,690 vols. 'Total Periodical and Publication Titles of all Regional Office Libraries: 810.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running these libraries:

 

(4)   No staff are employed in these libraries. They are maintained from the Central Office Library.

(5)   No reviews have been made in the last three years.

(6)   As for reply given for Australian Legal Aid Central Office Library

Ill-High Court of Australia Sydney, Melbourne

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:

1974- 75-607

1975- 76-541

1976- 77-410

1977- 78-600 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports, acquired in:

1974- 75-97

1975- 76-100

1976- 77-127

1977- 78-125 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 80,000 vols. Total Periodical and Publication Tides: 1,581.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running the library:

 

(4)   Staff employed in the library 1 x Librarian Class 2 1 x Library Officer Grade 1 3 x Clerical Assistants Grade 3 1 x Clerical Assistant Grade 1

Total: 6.

No major staff changes have occurred in the library in the last 3 years and none are contemplated.

(5)   No reviews of these libraries have been carried out in the last three years.

(6)   The High Court libraries are not open to the public or the legal profession, they are for the sole use of the Justices. Material which can be photocopied is however available on inter-library loan.

IV institute of Legislative Drafting Canberra

(2   ) The number of books ( accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:

1974- 75-687

1975- 76-390

1976- 77-35

1977- 78-NU (Estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports, acquired in:

1974- 75-60

1975- 76-20

1976- 77-5

1977- 78-NU (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 1 ,752 vols. Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 85.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running this library $3,000.

(4)   NU.

(5)   The library was established in 1974.

(6)   This library is not open to the public

V.- Australian Law Reform Commission Sydney

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:

1974- 75-NU

1975- 76-3,500

1976- 77-4,000

1977- 78-1,000 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports, acquired in:

1974- 75-NU

1975- 76-150

1976- 77-200

1977- 78-100 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 7,500.

Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 380.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running the Library:

 

(4)   Staff Employed in the Library: 1 x Librarian Class 2.

No major staff changes have occurred in the library and none are contemplated.

(5)   No reviews of the library have been carried out in the last 3 years.

(6)   The Library is open to the general public by appointment. The actual office space available is extremely limited, with only one desk for a reader available at a time. The library also participates fully in the inter-library loan system which exists between a large number of libraries including government, university, college, public libraries etc.

The aim of the library is not to restrict access to its information resources but rather, wherever possible, to allow loans through the inter-library loan network and access through individuals telephoning requests or visiting the Commission.

V1.-A.C.T. Supreme Court Library Canberra

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:-

1974/75-232 1975/76-137 1976/77-156

1977/78-160 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports, acquired in:-

1974/75-2 1975/76-1 1976/77-1

1977/78-5 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 4,000 vols. Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 208.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running the Library:

 

(4)   Staff employed in the Library: 1 x Librarian Class 1 2 x Clerical Assistants Grade 3 Total 3.

No major staff changes have occurred in the library in the last 3 years and none are contemplated.

(   5 ) No reviews have been carried out in the last 3 years.

(6)   The library is open to all legal practitioners and to members of the Police' Force. An average of 20 members of the public use the library , daily. The library, does not lend books to the public.

VII.-Northern Territory Supreme Court Libraries Darwin, Alice Springs

(A)   Supreme Court Library, Darwin

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:-

1974- 75-311

1975- 76-1742

1976- 77-906

1977- 78-200 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports, acquired in:-

1974- 75-5

1975- 76-2

1976- 77-4

1977- 78-10 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 10,342.

Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 150.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running the library:

 

(4)   Staff employed in the Library: 1 x Library Officer Grade 2 1 x Clerical Assistant Grade 4 1 x Clerical Assistant Grade 2

Total 3.

One Clerical Assistant Grade 4 was added to the establishment in 1976.

(5)   The library was reviewed in 1974 and in consequence the collection was upgraded.

(6)   The Supreme Court Library in Darwin is open to private practitioners and approved members of the public. As it contains the most extensive range of law material in Darwin, students undertaking law oriented courses have also sought permission to use the library during normal office hours. There have also been requests made for the library to be open one night per week but this has been refused due to lack of funds to pay library staff on overtime to supervise the library. Borrowing facilities are available only to legal personnel employed by the Attorney-General's Department and other Government bodies such as Australian and Aboriginal Legal Aid.

(B)   Supreme Court Library, Alice Springs

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:- 1974- 75-Unknown

1975- 76-525

1976- 77-629

1977- 78-200 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication tides, including law reports, acquired in:-

1974- 75-6

1975- 76-17

1976- 77-25

1977- 78-10 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 8,000 vols. Total Periodical and Publication Tides: 88.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running the Library:

 

(4)   Staff Employed in the Library: Nil.

(5)   The library was reviewed in 1975 and in consequence the collection has been upgraded.

(6)   The library is open to all legal practitioners who may also borrow books. The library is the only major law collection in Alice Springs and as such is used extensively.

Vin.- Australian Institute of Criminology Library Canberra

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:

1974- 75-1,186

1975- 76-524

1976- 77-275

1977- 78-350 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication tides, including law reports, acquired in:

1974- 75-64

1975- 76-73

1976- 77-42

1977- 78-11 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 3,652 vols. Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 584.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running the Library.

 

(4)   Staff employed in the Library: 1 x Librarian Class 2 1 x Librarian Class 1 1 x Library Officer Grade 3 1 x Library Officer Grade 1 1 x Clerical Assistant Grade 3 1 x Clerical Assistant Grade 2

Total 6.

No major staff changes have occurred in the Library in the past 3 years and none are contemplated.

(5)   The Library was established in 1973.

(6)   The Library is open to the public. It is used by Canberra-based researchers and students and also Commonwealth and A.C.T. police personnel. In addition, participants in seminars conducted by the Institute's Training Division make extensive use of its facilities. Inquiries by post and telephone from criminal justice personnel and the media from throughout Australia are being received to an increasing extent.

IX.- Administrative Appeals Tribunal Library Canberra

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in: 1974- 75-Nil

1975- 76-NU

1976- 77-1,700

1 977- 78- 1 ,000 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports, acquired in: 1974- 75-Nil

1975- 76-NU

1976- 77-70

1977- 78-50 (estimated).

Total Current Book Stock: 2,000 vols. Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 80.

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running the Library:

 

(4)   Staff employed in the Library: 1 x Library Officer Grade 3.

No major staff changes have occurred in the Library in the past 3 years and none are contemplated.

(5)   The Library was established in 1976.

(6)   This Library is not open to the public.

X.- Family Court of Australia Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Parramatta, Sydney

Each of these collections is similar in size and aU material is acquired through the Principal Registrar of the Family Court in Sydney. Figures have been given for one Branch Library.

(2   ) The number of books ( accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:

1974- 75-NU

1975- 76-1,938

1976- 77-435

1977- 78-200 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication titles, including law reports, acquired in:

1974- 75-NU

1975- 76-42

1976- 77-68

1977- 78-15 (estimated)

Current Book Stock in each Library: 2,400 vols.

Periodical and Publication Titles in each Library: 1 10

Total Current Book Stock of aU Family Court Libraries: 19,200 vols.

Total Periodical and Publication Titles in all Family Court Libraries: 880

(3)   Estimated Annual Cost of running the Libraries: ^

 

(4)   Staff employed in the Principal Registry, which is the only library to employ staff. 1 x Librarian Class 2 1 x Clerical Assistant Grade 3

Total 2.

No staff changes are contemplated.

(5)   The Libraries were established in 1975.

(6)   The Libraries are not open to the public

XI.- Federal Court of Australia Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

These Libraries are mainly located in Judge 's Chambers.

The Federal Court of Australia has taken over the Library of the Industrial Court in Melbourne. Figures for the Industrial Court are not available

(2)   The number of books (accessioned items over the limit of $5 per item) acquired in:

1974- 75-NU

1975- 76-NU

1976- 77-2,000

1977- 78-500 (estimated)

The number of new Periodical and Publication tides, including law reports, acquired in:

1974- 75-NU

1975- 76-NU

1976- 77-NU

1977- 78-200 (estimated)

Total Current Book Stock: 4,000 vols, (approximate) Total Periodical and Publication Titles: 50 (approx.) (3) Estimated Annual Cost of running the Libraries:

 

(4)   Staff employed in the Library: lx Librarian Class 1

The position of Librarian Class 1 was established in 1977.

(5)   Not applicable

(6)   The Libraries are not open to the general public







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