Benchmark tables

Last updated:  28 May 2024

Living Learning Libraries uses population-based peer cohorts for benchmarking, allowing easier comparisons among library services based on the populations of their communities. 

The cohorts are defined as follows:

  • rural small population up to 20,000
  • urban small population 20,001 to 50,000
  • urban medium population 50,001 to 150,000
  • urban large population 150,001 and above

Libraries that are below their cohort median for a given standard are encouraged to consider the median as a target to attain. Libraries are encouraged to aim to be the top of their cohort to demonstrate council is delivering best practice services to the local community.

Cohorts are updated annually.


The 2022/23 cohorts are determined using the ABS population figures for June 2022 as used for the 2022/23 NSW Public Library Statistics. The cohorts are used in conjunction with Living Learning Libraries.         


Benchmark tables    

Tables listing the ranking and performance data of libraries within their cohorts using the 2022/23 statistics are provided for libraries to use for benchmarking purposes. Individual library benchmark reports are available upon request.


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Cohort tables
Benchmark tables

The Public Library Services team can assist NSW public libraries to assess their library service against the benchmarks. Contact us for more information.