WA to overhaul public library system

The WA Government has announced an overhaul of the state's public library system in a newly released WA Public Library Strategy.

The Strategy outlines five priority actions over the next four years, including:

  • A single access card and management system that would allow users to borrow an item at any public library in WA;

  • New model to support public library service delivery in WA;

  • A new model to support regional and remote library services to ensure equal access to library services across the State;

  • Improved governance systems, including the development of new legislation to guide public library services; and

  • A system to measure and assess the impact and value of public library services on individuals and communities.

The background paper and strategy are intended to be a consultation tool to establish a shared vision for public library development in WA.

The strategy was developed following extensive research and consultation with key partners including the State Library of WA, Public Libraries Western Australia, Western Australian Local Government Association and local government authorities.

It supports recommendations of the State Government's Service Priority Review, which are aimed at reforming the way services are delivered to the Western Australian community. This approach recognises the importance and value of working collaboratively to achieve better outcomes for communities.

Electronic copies of the background paper and strategy, together with a survey to collect feedback, are available here.

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