NSW public library funding is at crisis point
Stand up for our libraries
Today’s libraries are about more than books – they are valuable centres for people to access information, knowledge, meet new people and learn new skills.
But our public libraries are facing a funding crisis with the NSW Government reducing funds, even as demand for services grows.
If enough of us speak up and show our leaders how much we value our libraries, we can ensure the NSW Government acts now to renew our libraries.
More visits, fewer resources
Our libraries are more important than ever with yearly visits to NSW public libraries up from 27 million in 2000 to over 35 million in 2017. But the State Government has slashed recurrent funding by five per cent in its most recent budget. In fact, the NSW Government contributes a mere 7.8% of total funding for public libraries, the lowest percentage in Australia.
Our plan to Renew Our Libraries
That’s why we’re calling on the NSW Government to urgently double the funding to public libraries and create a sustainable funding model to build the libraries of the future. Our libraries need sustainable funding so they can continue to deliver:
Programs and activities
Whether it’s writers workshops, English lessons, seniors’ classes or kids rhymetime, public libraries need the resources to continue to deliver programs and activities that people from every part of our community can access and rely on.
Technology and databases
No matter who you are or where you live, our local libraries are critical in giving everyone the opportunity to get connected and stay in touch.
Infrastructure and community spaces
Public libraries are a focal point for people to meet, learn, study and create. Libraries need long term, sustainable funding to maintain and grow these increasingly popular community spaces.
How you can help
The 2019 state election is just around the corner. If thousands of us come together to show our elected representatives that we value our libraries, we can demand action from all political parties. Will you join movement of community members from across New South Wales to make our voices heard?
Hear from NSW community members about why they love their libraries.
Lina – Concord
“Our local library needs to get enough funding so that they can continue delivering the services that my family and my community love” Read More »
Lily – Lismore
“As a newcomer, Lismore library really helped me to connect with other people in the community” Read More »
Brenda – Wagga Wagga
“My library is our most accessible form of therapy for my child. Without my local library, we wouldn’t be able to provide the variety of content to our child. It doesn’t sound important, but with Autism Spectrum Disorder kids, it is a challenge to shift their focus beyond their very narrow areas of interest.” Read More »