$60 million for NSW libraries

The New South Wales government has announced $60 million in funding for the state’s libraries, with the funding aimed at providing major upgrade works and expansion of collections

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the funding will be made available to modernise public libraries, especially those in regional areas, with an aim to improve services and educational facilities.

The money will be used to extend opening hours, expand book collections, deliver English lessons, provide HSC study help and classes and outreach programs for seniors.

It will also enable smaller libraries to expand and deliver mobile library services in remote locations, among other initiatives

State Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said that the program will also support local government bodies in the rollout of the funds.

“All Councils will receive an increase in annual library subsidy funding between 40 to 50 per cent by 2022-23. This significant investment demonstrates that our Government supports the hundreds of libraries across the state,” Minister Harwin said.

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