It seems to be raining stats at present!
Having just spent 3 posts providing comparisons between SA public library stats and the ALIA targets I have just been notified that NSLA has released the 2012/13 national public library statistics. You can find them here. These statistics are the aggregate of information that libraries provide to their central support agencies across the country. Obviously they are only as accurate as the information provided by individual libraries.
I have not had the time to drill down into the figures, however at a cursory glance it is interesting to see that total loans continue to decrease - down by 7M from the previous year. And this is reflected in SA figures, down 10% over a 5 year period.
If anyone wants to make any comments or ask any questions about what you find in the stats I would welcome your contribution.