From the Province of Ontario:
Ontario is kicking off Public Library Week with improvements to digital services at 307 libraries and library organizations across the province.
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport was at the Burlington Public Library today to recognize the valuable role that libraries play in Ontario communities and announce funding for the local library system.
- Ontario is investing $3 million through the Improving Library Digital Services fund to support up to 307 libraries and library organizations across the province. This includes $1 million for rural, remote and First Nation public libraries through 2017 Budget Talks.
- Burlington Public Library is receiving $25,000 from this fund.
- This investment builds on a commitment in Ontario’s Culture Strategy to support Ontario’s public and First Nation libraries as essential spaces for people to access cultural experiences, technology and community life.
- Each year Ontario provides more than $21 million through annual operating grants to almost 400 public libraries, First Nations and contracting organizations across the province.
- Ontario Public Library Week was first announced by the province in 1985. This year, it takes place from October 15-21.
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