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2.2 Performance and Purposes

This section reports on performance outcomes against the 2018-19 Corporate Plan and Portfolio Budget Statements.


The National Library of Australia was established by the National Library Act 1960.

The Library ensures that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people, together with significant non- Australian library materials, are collected, preserved and made accessible through the Library and through collaborative arrangements with other libraries and information providers.

By offering a strong national focus in all that we do, and cooperating with others who share our goals, we support learning, creative and intellectual endeavours, and contribute to the continuing vitality of Australia’s diverse culture and heritage.

The Library has three strategic priorities:

  • collect—we collect today what will be important tomorrow
  • connect—we connect with communities, and connect communities with their national collections
  • collaborate—we collaborate with others to maximise the national impact of cultural collections.