Association of Parliamentary Libraries of Australasia
The Association of Parliamentary Libraries of Australasia (APLA) is a collaborative network of federal and state parliamentary libraries in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The Association promotes information sharing between member libraries, advocates quality client service delivery and advances the profession of parliamentary librarianship. More about APLA.
The role of Parliamentary Libraries
Parliamentary Libraries provide confidential, high quality and impartial research and information services to members of Parliament, their staff, and the staff of parliaments. The duties of members of Parliament require them to be informed so as to participate in the legislative process, to be able to inquire and question, and to provide assistance and support at the electorate and constituency level and to the wider public. In meeting the information needs of parliamentarians, Parliamentary Libraries play a key role in representative democracies. More information on Parliamentary Libraries.