Libraries across Northern Grampians Shire will receive a funding boost of 3.5 per cent to expand library collections, online services and programs for 2021-22.
Under the $47.4 million Public Libraries Funding Program, more than $150,000 has been allocated for Northern Grampians Shire in 2021-22 for the purchase of library collection items, information technology resources, children and outreach programs, and other library services.
Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said increased funding for library services is a priority for the government in response to COVID recovery.
"This funding will be a huge boost to our public libraries, enabling them to provide even more service, programs and digital resources to support and connect our community," she said.
"Our libraries across Northern Grampians Shire are critical and have played a key role in helping people feel less lonely and isolated during the pandemic, it is important that they receive the resources to continue this great work."
Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested more than $306 million through the Public Libraries Program.
The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding for councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia to support a range of activities and library services across 277 branches.
This funding contributes to the purchase of physical and electronic collection items, information technology, library and outreach programs, and other services provided by Victorian public libraries.
Public libraries are vibrant community hubs that offer a safe space for social interaction, digital connection, lifelong learning and rich cultural experiences.
As Victorians continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, libraries have demonstrated dedication to their communities by delivering online programs, adopting a book delivery partnership with Meals on Wheels, offering a click and collect model as well as checking in with members over the phone.
For more information about the Public Libraries Funding Program visit the website.
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