November 25, 2020

Australia: Record $36.5 Million [$25.6 Million/USD] State Funding to Benefit Public Libraries in New South Wales

From the State Library of New Wales:

Public libraries across NSW are set to benefit from a record boost in funding, with the NSW Government delivering $36.5 million in 2019/20.

NSW State Librarian John Vallance welcomed this significant increase announced as part of the 2019 NSW State Budget, which will see a total of $60 million in additional Government funding going directly to public libraries over four years.

“The funding will make a huge difference to public libraries right across NSW, helping them to better meet the growing demands from their communities,” said Dr Vallance.

“Public libraries offer so much to the people of NSW including quality collections, comfortable and safe public space, high speed internet, as well as events and programs. All this together helps create a literate and informed society.”

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The new funding package also includes a capital grants program of $24 million over four years which will enable improvements to library buildings and IT systems.

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In addition to the public library funding increase, the Budget allocates $500,000 per annum ($2 million over four years) to the State Library for Vision Australia to enable the provision of expanded services and a greater selection of audio and braille books to the 126,000 people who are blind or have low vision in NSW.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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