Victoria’s Public Libraries Receives Record Funding

Victoria’s Public Libraries Receives Record Funding

Victoria Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins

Record Funding For Victoria’s Public Libraries

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries.

Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $42.5 Million for the Public Libraries Funding Program a 2.5% increase from last year.

“Andrews Government is giving our councils and public libraries the resources they need to continue delivering important services for Victorian communities.” Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins said.

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

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins visited Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library today to announce record funding for public libraries to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids.

“We are proud to be funding library services across the state, including Bargoonga Nganjin, which is a safe and welcoming place where everybody can come to study and explore.” Member for Richmond Richard Wynne said.

More than $1.72 Million from the record investment will go to Vision Australia’s information and library services, opening these services for people who are blind or have low vision, or a print disability.

Funding comes on top of the $4.5 Million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries across the state.

State Government is also providing $4.4 Million over four years for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, so public libraries can purchase materials to get more kids reading.

Victoria is home to 275 permanent library branches and 30 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 Million library members registered in the state.

On average, just less than 1 in 5 Victorians visits their local library.