Public libraries across the State are set to receive $6 million in funding as part of the new Public Library Infrastructure Grant program.
The State Government is providing a record $36.6M in subsidies and grants for public libraries this year. Twenty local councils have been awarded grants in this first round for projects that will extend and improve public library buildings, spaces and information technology for NSW communities.
This significant grant program is part of an additional $60M that the Government is providing to enhance public library services and facilities across the State, with annual funding increases scheduled until 2023.
NSW State Librarian Dr John Vallance is delighted that the funds will enable councils to develop or improve library buildings and mobile library services.
“In my role visiting libraries across NSW, wherever I go I see the importance of quality library infrastructure, and the great community need for books, information and safe, welcoming public space. NSW public libraries are open to everyone, and the State Library is proud of its long partnership with these crucial institutions.”
The Public Library Infrastructure Grants program is administered by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Library Council of NSW.