Expressions of interest for local library funding under the Andrews Labor Government’s $4.3 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program 2015 will close in just over a week.
With registration closing on 1 October, Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has urged Victorian councils and regional library corporations to consider applying for funding.
Living Libraries aims to improve public library facilities, boosting their role in strengthening communities and ensuring local residents have access to the shared spaces they need.
Under the program, councils and regional libraries are eligible to apply for up to $750,000 towards a new, renovated or refurbished public library building or for a mobile library.
The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program 2015 is one of a number of initiatives designed to support libraries throughout the state, including the record $40.5 million investment in the Public Libraries Funding Program to support the ongoing library services and the $1.1 million Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund.
Expressions of interest in funding under the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program close at 5pm on Thursday, 1 October.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins
“Victorians love their libraries, with almost half of the state’s population belonging to a library, and with more than 28 million library visits recorded in 2013-14.”
“The Andrews Labor Government understands the crucial role that our libraries play in fostering life-long learning and bringing communities together.”
“That’s why we’ve allocated $4.3 million to help ensure quality libraries right across the state. I encourage councils and regional library corporations to register an expression of interest by 1 October.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020