Part 5Parliamentary Library

The Library on a page


To provide high quality, impartial, timely and confidential information, analysis and advice to senators and members of the House of Representatives in support of their parliamentary and representational roles.


  • senators, members, and their staff
  • parliamentary committees
  • the Governor-General
  • staff of parliamentary departments.


  • Presiding Officers—jointly vested with responsibility for the administration of the Department of Parliamentary Services, including the Parliamentary Library.
  • Joint Standing Committee on the Parliamentary Library—provides advice to the Presiding Officers on matters relating to the Library.
  • Parliamentary Librarian—statutory officer responsible for the control and management of the Library, reporting directly to the Presiding Officers and the Joint Standing Committee on the Parliamentary Library.


  • Parliamentary Librarian
    • Office of the Parliamentary Librarian
  • Research Branch
  • Library Collections and Databases Branch.

Resource Agreement: 2017–18

  • operational funding: $15.491 million
  • capital funding: $3.593 million
  • average staffing level: 137.5 FTE.


  • comprehensive library collection for reference and loan
  • media monitoring—press, broadcast and social media
  • confidential and tailored research and analysis
  • mapping (electoral, social-economic and demographic data)
  • assistance with parliamentary delegation briefings
  • research publications to help inform parliamentary debate, scrutiny and policy development
  • 24/7 access to online databases and services
  • training, lectures and seminars.

The Library in numbers: 2017–18

  • 100 per cent of parliamentarians used the Library’s services
  • 11,656 individual client requests completed
  • 295 research publications released, including 133 Bills Digests
  • 803 clients attended training and seminars
  • 37 electorate offices visited
  • 6,378 new books and serial titles added to the catalogue
  • 45.5 per cent of titles available online in full text
  • 175,249 items