Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced public libraries in NSW will be able to expand their collections, carry out major upgrade work and extend their services thanks to a record $60 million investment from the NSW Government.
This funding will transform and modernise public libraries, especially those in regional areas, delivering key services and educational and cultural experiences across the entire State.
Mr Provest said, “For Tweed locals, this is an investment in libraries that will provide for a wide range of community needs such as better access to collections, children’s services, public IT, connectivity, events and programs.”
“I’m passionate about public libraries. They are at the heart of so many communities because they are so important to people of all ages, from children to the elderly,” he said.
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.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, “This is a record investment in NSW’s public libraries – the biggest single cash injection in their history.”
“This historic investment will transform the way NSW’s public libraries deliver much-needed services, especially in regional areas, enhancing customer experience and convenience.”
Every one of NSW’s more than 370 public libraries will benefit from the new investment.