The Educational Lending Right School Library Survey (ELR) is administered by Education Services Australia (ESA) on behalf of Office for the Arts in the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. ESA invites a sample selection of schools to participate each year, collecting data from at least 300 schools in order to estimate the number of specific book titles held in Australian school libraries. This information is used to recompense registered book creators under the Educational Lending Right scheme.


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Schools invited to participate in the survey

If your school has been invited to participate in the Educational Lending Right School Library Survey, please spare five minutes to support the Australian writing and publishing industry.


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Australian book creators and publishers

Australian book creators and publishers can register for Lending Rights on the Office for the Arts website. To register for Lending Rights, titles must be catalogued by SCIS, the National Library of Australia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can my school be involved in the survey?
Each year, a representative sample of schools is invited to participate in the ELR school library survey. Schools must meet specified criteria based on school size, sector and location and the library automation system used. Schools Australia-wide are approached from September to October to take part in the survey.

How does the School Library Survey work?
The ELR survey software has been developed in collaboration with library software vendors and is designed to run in the school library automation system. The survey software counts the number of copies of selected book titles held in the school library catalogue. The privacy and confidentiality of schools’ data and records are rigorously maintained. The final survey results provide an estimated 'score' for the number of copies of each title held in all school libraries in Australia. These figures are passed on to the Office for the Arts, who calculate payments to book creators and publishers.

How much time will be required to complete the survey?
In most cases, initiating the process and returning the results should take less than ten minutes. The time the software takes to extract results varies, depending on your library management system. For some schools the library system vendor will extract the bibliographic data, and all you do is provide a back-up file.

How will the privacy of my school data be protected?
The privacy and intellectual property rights of all schools will be rigorously maintained in the manipulation and storage of data. No individual libraries will be identified in the final survey results. All school data held at Education Services Australia for the purposes of the survey is destroyed once the survey process has been completed.

Why was my school chosen to participate in this survey?
The ELR school library survey is a representative sample survey in which schools all over Australia may be considered for participation. Your school was randomly chosen in consultation with your library system vendor to represent your type of school in your state and/or region. Selection was undertaken with the approval of relevant education authorities.

How will completing the survey benefit my school community?
By completing the survey, you are supporting the growth of Australian writing and publishing. Australian schools rely on up to date bibliographic resources produced in Australia. Many Australian authors, illustrators, publishers, compilers and translators rely on ELR payments to continue creating new resources. 

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For enquiries about ELR, please contact us at [email protected]. If you would like to submit your titles to SCIS for cataloguing, please contact [email protected].

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