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Record Funding Boost For Victorian Libraries

05 August 2019

Victoria’s public libraries will receive more funding than ever before thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek today announced $44.7 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and e-resources and deliver programs including story time for children and outreach services.

Vision Australia will also receive $1.8 million to provide libraries services to people who are blind, have low vision or a print disability.

Public libraries enrich local communities by supporting a culture that values reading, learning and social connection.

Libraries are about more than just books, they give Victorians universal access to information and offer safe and inclusive spaces for people to learn and grow.

The Labor Government has also supported Victorian councils to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries as part of the $4.5 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

Public libraries also benefit from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, which provides an annual allocation for books and materials to support the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

Victoria is home to 271 permanent library branches and 28 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek

“We’re giving our councils and public libraries the resources they need to continue delivering important services for Victorian communities.”

“We understand the importance of libraries to Victorians and that’s why we’re continuing to support them with record funding.”

“Libraries offer spaces for people of all ages to make connections in their community, learn and grow.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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