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Stand up for our libraries.
Today’s libraries are 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.
To make sure tomorrow’s libraries remain at the heart of our community, we need to resource them well today.
But the NSW Government is not contributing its fair share:
- For almost 40 years, funding has not kept up with demand and our public libraries are struggling to provide the services our community needs.
- Yearly visits to NSW public libraries have increased from 27 million in 2000 to over 35 million in 2017, but the State government has not increased recurrent funding, instead slashing it by a further five percent in its most recent budget.
- Today, local governments provide the bulk of annual funding, contributing $314 million a year, with the NSW Government contributing just $23.5 million a year.
Together we can build a movement demand action and funding commitments from all political parties in the lead up to the 2019 NSW Election.
Join thousands of people across NSW to call for increased investment in our public libraries.