About Renew Our Libraries

 

Who are we?

In response to the funding crisis, at the 2017 LGNSW Conference, all councils unanimously agreed to joint advocacy and the NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA) and Local Government NSW (LGNSW) have united to create Renew Our Libraries.

Renew Our Libraries is a platform for our communities to advocate for increased library funding, and the creation of a long-term, sustainable funding model to invest in the libraries of our future.

   

What is Renew Our Libraries about?

Renew Our Libraries is bringing together communities, councils, public libraries and their supporters into a grassroots effort to demand action and funding commitments from all political parties in the lead up to the 2019 NSW State Election.

Yearly visits to NSW public libraries have increased from 27 million in 2000 to over 35 million in 2017, but State recurrent funding has not increased to match demand and was in fact, slashed by 5% in the recent 2018 NSW Budget.

The NSW Government must urgently double its funding to NSW public libraries and create a sustainable funding model to build the libraries of the future.

We’re urgently calling for:

  • A doubling in the NSW Government contribution to public libraries.
  • A new funding model for NSW public libraries that is sustainable.

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.

Did you know

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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