Renew Our LibrariesPosted Monday 13 August 2018
Right now, our public libraries are facing a funding crisis – NSW public libraries receive over 35 million visits a year, but State recurrent funding has not increased to match the demand and was in fact, was slashed by 5% in the 2018-19 State Budget. The NSW Government contributes just $23.5 million to support over 360 libraries across the State, compared to local government contributions of over $314 million each year. At just 7.8% of total funding, the NSW contribution to libraries is the lowest in Australia, and far behind Victoria (18%) and Queensland (12%).
Renew Our Libraries is an advocacy initiative which brings together 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.
The Renew Our Libraries objectives are to double the funding for NSW public libraries, and create a long term, sustainable funding model to invest in our libraries into the future.
Please support the campaign by signing the petition.