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$6M boost for NSW public library infrastructure

Thursday 2 March 2023

The State Government has announced $6 million in funding for public libraries across the State as part of the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program.

NSW Minister for the Arts the Hon Ben Franklin MLC said 21 local councils will receive grants for projects this year to extend and improve public library buildings, spaces and information technology for NSW communities.

“This significant grant program is part of the additional $60M that the Perrottet Government has provided to enhance library services and facilities across the State,” Mr Franklin said.

“I am particularly pleased that this funding will transform library buildings and spaces for communities all over NSW. Good libraries contribute to community resilience with quality facilities, great collections and access to the internet, and we are pleased to help councils to upgrade these critical services.”

“A record $40.468M will be provided to councils this year in support of libraries, with further increases locked in for next year and beyond. Over $165M has been committed for the next four years, ensuring that our libraries can continue to improve.”

NSW State Librarian John Vallance is delighted that the funds will enable councils to develop or improve their services.

“You can tell the health of a society from the support it gives its public libraries. This is truly wonderful news for the communities across the State.”

This year’s funding recipients are:

  • Balranald Council
  • Bogan Shire Council
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • Central Coast Council
  • Clarence Valley Council
  • Cowra Council
  • Fairfield City Council
  • Griffith City Council
  • Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Leeton Shire Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Lismore City Council (in partnership with Ballina, Byron and Tweed)
  • Lithgow City Library
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Liverpool Plains Shire
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional
  • Council Richmond Valley Council
  • Ryde City Council
  • Shoalhaven Council
  • Sutherland Shire Council
  • Tweed Shire Council

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