The NSW Metropolitan Public Libraries Association Incorporated (NSW MPLA) is the peak body that represents the interests and development of public libraries in metropolitan New South Wales, including Sydney and regional urban centres.
Member Councils provide library services to 44 Local Government Areas bounded by Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong. These libraries serve a population of 5.1 million, 22% of Australia’s population and 70% of the state's population. By 2036 it is projected that the region's population will have increased by 1.7 million.
Public libraries in New South Wales:
New South Wales metropolitan public libraries enable access to New South Wales and Australian Government information and provide a wide range of social, cultural, educational and recreational services and programs to diverse, multicultural communities.