The Andrews Labor Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced library funding for Glenelg Shire Council to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids.
Glenelg Shire Council received a total of $180,625 to continue to deliver the important library services the community needs.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $42.5 million for the Public Libraries Funding Program — a 2.5% increase from last year.
The funding comes on top of $300,000 Ms Tierney recently announced for the redevelopment of Portland’s public library through the $4.5 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries across the state.
The Labor Government is also providing $4.4 million over four years for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, so public libraries can purchase materials to get more kids reading.
Victoria is home to 275 permanent library branches and 30 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state.
On average, just under one in five Victorians visit their local library in Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Our community relies on our public libraries – that’s why this government is doing more than ever to help continue the many wonderful programs and services they provide.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is giving our councils and public libraries the resources they need to continue delivering these important services for Victorian communities.”
“Public libraries play an important role in community life, fostering lifelong learning and can often be a central hub for the community to meet and gather.”
“We understand the importance of libraries to Victorians and that’s why we’re continuing to support them with record funding.”