NSW government funding boost for public libraries

    Posted: Wednesday, 10 March 2010 | By: NSW Labor

    Minister for the Arts, Virginia Judge today announced funding for 44 new library projects are part of the NSW Government’s $3.3 million Library Development Grants.

    Ms Judge said the Keneally Government was spending $25.5 million on supporting and developing public libraries across the State in 2009/10.

    'I’m pleased to announce these grants that will benefit from an extra $2 million in funding this year,' Ms Judge said.

    'Libraries are the lifeblood of our communities, bringing collections alive through exhibitions, public events, community learning, outreach programs and online.

    'At the heart of the Keneally Government’s plan to deliver first class services in the arts and cultural sector is our network of 368 public libraries and 27 mobile libraries.'

    The Keneally Government is focused on:

    • Assisting public libraries to improve their buildings and collections;

    • Providing specialist services to children, young adults, seniors, indigenous and multicultural groups;

    • Maintaining opening hours;

    • Improving technical infrastructure; and

    • Undertaking library research and promotional activities.

    'I am determined to ensure all NSW communities have access to state-of-the-art library facilities, regardless of their location,' Ms Judge said.

    'This is about supporting arts and cultural activities for future generations.'

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    NSW Library Fast Facts:

    • 368 libraries managed by local government in partnership with the State Library;

    • 27 mobile libraries;

    • 48 per cent of the NSW population are registered members – many more are regular users;

    • More than 36 million visits each year; and

    • More than 48 million books and other items are borrowed each year.


    • Canada Bay - $88,694

    • Bourke - $30,000

    • Canterbury - $60,106

    • Inverell - $35,000

    • Lake Macquarie - $37,147

    • Berrigan - $100,000

    • Deniliquin - $34,810

    • Parkes - $65,111

    • Marrickville - $26,400

    • Port Macquarie - $42,854

    • Ryde - $90,000

    • Woollahra - $52,600

    • Coffs Harbour - $53,823

    • Nambucca - $90,000

    • Kempsey - $84,705

    • Liverpool Plains - $23,289

    • Muswellbrook - $300,000

    • Warren - $325,043

    • Walcha - $37,665

    • Richmond Valley - $200,000

    • Tumut - $15,750

    • Young - $31,900

    • Goulburn-Mulwaree - $18,200

    • Port Stephens - $40,463

    • Clarence Valley – $72,417

    • Great Lakes - $198,700

    • Mosman - $13,394

    • Liverpool - $71,888

    • Greater Taree - $96,303

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    Funds will buy 2,500 new items including fiction, non fiction, DVDs, audio books and large prints books.
    To purchase new books including large print, audio books, DVDs and CDs.
    To purchase more than 1,200 Bengali language books and items.
    To establish a literacy collection to better support community members.
    To upgrade Aboriginal library resources.
    To help fund the building of a new library at Finley.
    To upgrade library resources for men.
    To purchase new collections for all branches of the Parkes Shire Library Service.
    To allow the library to digitise important archives and local history resources.
    To digitise historic editions of the Port Macquarie News and the Macleay Argus newspapers.
    Revitalise reading collection including new books, CDs, DVDs and audio books.
    To purchase new collections for the home library service.
    To purchase a new range of large print and audio books for the home library service.
    To upgrade junior fiction collection for children.
    To upgrade collections and services for children including 2,000 new books.
    To upgrade library technology including ten new computers, wireless Internet, printers and furniture for Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries.
    $200,000 – for an extension and refurbishment of Muswellbrook Library; and
    $100,000 – to renew collections at Muswellbrook, Scone, Aberdeen, Murrundi, Merriwa, Cassilis and Denman.
    $140,292 – to upgrade library technology at Warren, Coonamble, Gilgandra and Nyngan; and
    $184, 781– to refurbish Warren Library to increase space for collections, provide better seating, improve lighting and provide dedicated areas for youth and families.
    Upgrade library facilities including new furniture, fittings, carpet, computers and wireless hotspot.
    Extend Casino Public Library to provide more space for collections, events and activities.
    New collection of audio and large print books.
    New collection of large print books.
    Purchase books for book clubs across the Goulburn, Yass and Upper Lachlan regions.
    To purchase a van for an outreach service to cater for remote and isolate members of the community.
    Upgrade historic collections across the Clarence Valley, Nambucca and Belligen shires.
    To help build a new library at Stroud.
    To digitise local studies and oral history material.
    Upgrade library technology including wireless Internet.
    Purchase more than 800 new audio books for the Taree and Great Lakes libraries.
    • Hurstville - $67,689

    Media contact: Georgie Klug 9228 5900 / 0427 066 616

    To upgrade youth library services for 12-24 year olds.
    Upgrade library technology to make stocktaking and circulation more efficient.
    To build an elastic library to create better use of space.
    Create an A-Z artist book and zine collection.
    Upgrade of microfilm reader printers.
    Upgrade youth library collection and services
    Upgrade non-fiction collection.
    Develop a MP3 collection.
    To help build a new state-of-the-art library.
    To help build a new state-of-the-art library.
    To help build a new state-of-the-art library.
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    • Cooma-Monaro - $119,693

    • Gilgandra - $55,966

    • Manly – $15,000

    • Penrith - $24,413

    • Carrathool- $25,981

    • Kyogle - $36,115

    • Albury- $20,000

    • Byron Bay - $200,000

    • Mid Western - $200,000

    • Corowa - $200,000

    • Wyong - $60,000

    • Lachlan - $20,000

    Tags: alp, labor, nsw government, kristina keneally, minister for the arts, virginia judge, keneally government, library development grant

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