Blue Mountains News
Calls for Greater Library Funding
Since 1939, the NSW Government contribution to public libraries has reduced significantly. In 1980, it was 23.6% and in 2017 it is just 7%. This represents the lowest per-capita contribution from a State Government.
Ward 2 Councillor Romola Hollywood said: “Council-run public libraries serve as important community hubs, particularly libraries run by councils in rural and regional areas. Research has shown that every dollar invested in public libraries returns $4 to community.”
The NSW public library network is based on cooperation between Council libraries and the State Library of NSW.
“Changing demographics, community demand for a wider variety of library services and programming, an increased variety of collection formats, new technologies and e-government have created both enormous opportunities and challenges for the delivery of public library services and have resulted in increased pressure on library budgets.
Public libraries are no longer solely store-houses of information but also fulfil an important educational, cultural and social role within the community,” said Councillor Hollywood.
Blue Mountains City Council is taking the lead on advocating for NSW public library funding at the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Annual Conference in Sydney on December 4-6. Cr Hollywood, who is also the Vice President of Metropolitan of NSW Public Libraries Association, will be attending and seeking the support of LGNSW to develop a strategic partnership with NSWPLA.
By working together, the two peak organisations, LGNSW and NSWPLA, have the capacity to deliver a strong voice in the lead up to the March 2019 State election to advocate for an ongoing and sustainable funding model for public libraries in NSW.
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