About Renew Our Libraries

Who we are

The Renew Our Libraries campaign is run by the NSW Public Libraries Association.

In August 2018, the Renew Our Libraries campaign launched to advocate for increased library funding, and the creation of a long-term, sustainable funding model to invest in the libraries of our future.

Thanks to the help of over 90 councils, as well as libraries, election candidates and 12,000 community supporters – we were able to achieve a commitment from the NSW Government to increase library funding by an extra $60 million over four years.

This was an incredible achievement. But it’s not over yet.

We’ve successfully renewed our public library funding, and now we need to protect it. Public libraries will only realise their potential to be vital community hubs of information, connection and activity if they have long-term financial security.

We need the NSW Government to index public library funding so it doesn’t fall behind against inflation, and to protect this funding for future years in legislation – so that our libraries can continue providing their incredible services for many years to come.

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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.