REPORT ON THE EVALUATION OF THE NORTH MELBOURNE LIBRARY
1.0 Introduction - General Overview of the North Melbourne Library
The North Melbourne Library is located at 66, Errol Street North Melbourne 3051. The Edifice of the Library is awesome and it is situated next to the North Melbourne Town Hall Arts House, behind Victorian facade. This makes it very conspicuous for everyone staying around there to see. Its primary objectives are to provide a comprehensive collection of print, non-print and electronic resources which meet the current and future information, recreation, educational and cultural needs of the community and also to provide public library service to the community or host of people that live, work and study in its environ and Melbourne at large (Melbourne Library Service [MLS], 2012). Therefore, it is safe enough to say the North Melbourne plays an intermediary role; an agent that stands between the user and the information resources which are potentially available, in order to help the user make sense of, and gain access to information sources (Brophy, 2007). The North Melbourne Library can accommodate about 200 users in a sitting and there are plans to expand or increase the capacity of the library because of the growing population in the suburb.
In the 2011 Census, there were 11,755 people in North Melbourne (State Suburbs) of these 50.4% were male and 49.6% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.4% of the population with a land area of 237 hectares and a population density of 47.6 persons per hectare. The median age of people in North Melbourne was 29 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 11.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 7.5% of the population. In North Melbourne, there is a cultural diversity amongst the population and it also highlights the degree to which ethnic groups and nationalities retain their languages; 52.7% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages...