$4 million to support NSW public libraries

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The NSW Government has announced $4 million in funding for public libraries across the state as part of the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said 31 local councils will receive grants for projects this year, providing significant public benefit and improving public library buildings, spaces and information technology for NSW communities.

“The Berejiklian Government is proud to be supporting public libraries and the important work they do in our communities through these grants. This funding allocation brings NSW Government support for public libraries in 2016/17 to $28.3 million,” Mr Harwin said.

“I am particularly pleased that 28 grants will be going to rural councils to assist them to meet the needs of their growing populations.”

Acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive Lucy Milne is delighted that the funds will have will assist councils to develop new or improve existing library buildings, as well as implement crucial IT infrastructure upgrades.

“These funds have been directed to projects which will develop and improve public library services for the people of NSW,” Ms Milne said.

“The State Library is a proud supporter of public libraries through its responsibilities under the Library Act 1939, and we are pleased to see that public libraries are highly valued community spaces, with over 35 million visits last year.”

The Public Library Infrastructure Grants program is administered by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Library Council of NSW.

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