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 after 40 years of underinvestment NSW public libraries face a funding crisis.

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

A sustainable funding model would:

  • Double the contribution of the NSW Government to public libraries by 94 million over four years
  • Index State funding to ensure it keeps track with changes to the Consumer Price Index
  • Protect this funding by providing legislation to lock in these arrangements

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.