Renew our libraries
In NSW, funding for public libraries is at a crisis point! Libraries are more than books - they are part of a valuable centres of information, of knowledge and of community. Did you know that NSW makes the lowest contribution of total funding to its public libraries of every state in Australia? At just 7.8% of total funding, NSW is far behind Victoria (18%) and Queensland (12%).
Yearly visits to NSW public libraries have increased from 27 million in 2000 to over 35 million in 2017, but State recurrent funding has not increased to match demand and was in fact, slashed by 5% in the recent 2018 NSW Budget. This means that 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 a year. Yet NSW public libraries make a massive $330 million contribution to the NSW economy every year and support over 3,000 full time equivalent jobs.The lack of commitment by the NSW Government to fund public libraries shifts the burden onto local government’s whose budgets are already stretched. We need urgent funding to keep up with demand and to build the libraries of the future.
If you care about your local library, please Sign this petition to Renew Our Libraries.