The Victorian Government will support public libraries to expand and adapt their services for local communities, providing connection and learning opportunities during the pandemic with a 3.5% increase in funding announced today.
Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas said public libraries and Vision Australia would receive the 3.5% increase on last year’s funding to grow their library collections, boost online services and increase library programs.
“Our public libraries provide endless access to knowledge, social connection and entertainment, and this record investment ensures they can continue to deliver for all Victorians,” said A/Minister Thomas.
“Victorians have embraced libraries during the pandemic, and I commend library staff for continually looking for ways to connect with their communities and give people access to books, resources and support networks.”
Maribyrnong City Council has introduced a Book Bundle initiative, currently being rolled out across its libraries – from a short survey, Maribyrnong library staff curate personalised reading and viewing collections unique to each library member to enjoy from home.
Students who are members of Glen Eira libraries can access free homework and study help 24/7 via an online portal; while Brimbank libraries offers ‘Stay at home’ trivia for individuals and groups.
Casey Cardinia library members can access a digital library portal where users can download books and kids’ entertainment, stream music and watch movies.
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.