Public Library Grants

Metropolitan Public Library Grants 2018/19

The NSW Government allocated $1M to the 2018/19 Metropolitan Public Library Grants fund to assist eligible councils in improving public library spaces, services and technology.

Applications are now closed. 


Metropolitan Public Library Grants were available to the following NSW local authorities:

Bayside, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, City of Canada Bay, City of Parramatta, City of Ryde, City of Sydney, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-Ring-Gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, Newcastle, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Penrith, Randwick, Strathfield, Sutherland, Waverley, Willoughby, Wollondilly, Wollongong, Woollahra.

Councils that were eligible to apply for the Regional Cultural Fund in 2018/19 were not eligible to apply for the Metropolitan Public Library Grants.

Applications will not be eligible for consideration unless reporting requirements for previous State Library Grants have been met. Please contact Kate O’Grady if you have questions about reporting or acquittals of past grants.


2017/18 Grant recipients

The Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has approved the 2017/18 Public Library Infrastructure Grants as listed below.

Council Project Amount
Bega Valley Eden Library: refurbishing for the future $44,069
Bellingen Urunga Library re-design and new technology $153,260


Tocumwal Library multi-purpose room $200,000
Bland Fresh and Fabulous - refurbishing to make(r) space $200,000
Bogan Bogan Library - closing the technology gap in a climate friendly, flexible environment. $90,105
Bourke RFID for Bourke Public Library $54,760
Brewarrina Enhancing and enriching community library facilities $200,000
Burwood Delivering an innovative and digitally responsive library service to the Burwood community $111,360
Cessnock Creating a contemporary library space $127,859
Coonamble A sensational area $25,915
Edward River Maker Space $32,473


Activating library spaces for creative engagement – Batemans Bay Library $66,000
Gilgandra Gilgandra Library extension:  space to create, collaborate, code and connect $199,495
Gwydir Bingara Library Service - relocation to Bingara Civic Centre $200,000
Inverell A modern LMS for Inverell $54,895
Kyogle Kyogle Library redesign $99,673
Lismore Refurbishment of Lismore Library $198,000
Liverpool Plains Quirindi Library Precinct Activation Project $200,000
Maitland RFID enabled return systems $162,750
MidCoast Forster Library: building for the future $200,000
Mid-Western Regional Enhance, enrich, include: the new Rylstone Library & Customer Service Centre


Mosman Barry O'Keefe Library indoor garden reading zone $185,000
Nambucca RFID implementation into our Nambucca Heads and Macksville Libraries $134,266
Narrabri Boggabri Library Modernisation and Optimisation Project $47,965
Narrandera Space for youth @ Narrandera Library $200,000
Parkes Curiosity and wonder - Parkes Library Expansion Project $200,000
Queanbeyan Palerang Creating a welcoming community space in the Queanbeyan Library $134,149
Snowy Monaro New microform reader/scanner for Bombala Library $16,686
Tamworth RFID for Central Northern Regional Library $200,000
Upper Hunter Merriwa Library upgrade stage 2 $47,500
Warren Crossing the technology divide $55,400
Waverley Libraries for learning $41,293
Weddin Grenfell Library transformation $44,727
Total 33   $4,000,000

Previous recipients can be found through the State Library of NSW Annual Reports.

Reporting forms

2017/18 PLIG round

For the 2017/18 Public Library Infrastructure Grant round reporting and acquittal forms are to be filled out in Smartygrants. The applicant will receive an email directly from Smartygrants when a form is available for completion.

Further information and instructions

2016/17 PLIG round and previous years

For grants from previous years please fill out the forms below.

Library Development Grants archive

Previous Library Development Grants Guidelines are available below for the reference of councils that are yet to acquit funded projects.