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Retirees and older people are increasingly important clients for public libraries.
The importance of services for older people
Communities throughout New South Wales are facing a growing ‘age wave’ due to the increase in life expectancy and larger numbers of older people as the baby boomers retire. By 2031, it is anticipated that there will be over 1.8 million people aged 65 and over, and more than 1.5 million aged 50 to 64. (NSW Ageing Strategy).
The impact of a greatly increased proportion of older people in local communities is an important consideration in library planning, facility design, resourcing, programming and services, marketing strategies, the development of strategic partnerships, and staffing.
Public Library Services provides statewide consultancy and advice on library services for older people to library staff and local government.
Join the olderpeople elist, for staff who are involved in providing services to older people, including home library services.
The Home Library Service working group share a lot of useful resources as well as their minutes on the Home Library Service wiki.
For more information, contact Public Library Services.
Selected resources for librarians working with older people include:
- Active engaged valued: Older people and New South Wales public libraries, 2006 (PDF 441Kb)
- Resource for Ageing Population Planning 2.0 (RAPP) Local Government NSW
- Population groups - older people Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- Supporting older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Benevolent Society, October 2010
- NSW Ageing Strategy, Department of Family & Community Services