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 and knowledge, to meet new people and learn new skills.

But after 40 years of underinvestment NSW public libraries face a funding crisis, even as demand for services grows.

If enough of us speak up, we can ensure the NSW Government acts now to renew our libraries.

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More visits, fewer resources

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. Despite recent funding announcements, local councils shoulder the burden of over 90 percent of total funding for public libraries, with no guarantee of sustainable funding in the future.

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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.

Solution 1

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.

Solution 2

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.

Solution 3

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.

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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?

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Hear stories

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 »

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