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Funding boost for libraries

31 March 2016
Thirty councils across NSW will receive a share of $4 million in funding this year to improve local public libraries’ facilities and resources.
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Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said libraries were important in communities for life-long learning and that the funding would help local councils improve libraries across the state.

Funding recipients are:

  • Albury City Council: $86,000 towards the refurbishment of the library’s youth space, including technology, improved collections, exhibition and workshop space.
  • Bathurst Regional Council: $200,000 to renew, refresh and revitalise Bathurst Library, creating a community living room with reading nooks, collection zones and flexible spaces.
  • Bega Valley Shire Council: $94,601 to extend radio frequency identification to Bermagui and Eden libraries to provide a broader range of services to the community.
  • Camden Council: $200,000 towards a new library at Oran Park.
  • Clarence Valley Council: $132,000 for a new mobile library vehicle to provide technology access and training to remote communities.
  • Cobar Shire Council: $114,681 to transform an underused area of the library arcade into a community meeting room and provide storage for the library’s unique local history collection.
  • Coffs Harbour City Council: $43,580 to improve technology access to the library’s e-resources collection.
  • Cooma-Monaro Shire Council: $15,894 for a new microform reader/scanner.
  • Coonamble Shire Council: $74,031 to improve the library space with modern movable shelving and furniture.
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council: $55,000 creating improved spaces at Narooma Library with movable shelving and new furniture.
  • Fairfield City Council: $200,000 to refurbish and upgrade Cabramatta Library and improve technology for the community.
  • Gosford City Council: $181,817 to rebuild Gosford City Library’s public internet infrastructure with additional computers, tablets and a print and reservation management system.
  • Hawkesbury City Council: $129,285 to create a more welcoming Hawkesbury Library space with mobile service desks, a refurbished children’s area and IT enabled spaces.
  • Holroyd City Council: $86,383 to enhance the radio frequency identification capability to shorten client waiting times and free up staff for programs, technical assistance and readers’ advisory services.
  • Kiama Municipal Council: $60,521 to install a Digital Asset Management system to allow Kiama library to store and provide community access to local digital resources, including council minute books, oral histories, videos and images.
  • Kogarah City Council: $136,425 for an improved library layout, reorganised collections, new computers, faster connections to digital content, increased study areas and inviting social spaces.
  • Lismore City Council: $200,000 for installation of radio frequency identification across four LGAs, enabling the introduction of technology assisted readers’ advisory services and improved programs and events.
  • Lithgow City Council: $118,027 for the introduction of new technology, including a touchscreen PC, self-checker, PC booking system and new furniture in the children’s area.
  • Moree Plains Shire Council: $200,000 to create an IT space, quiet study spaces and furniture that allows for flexible use of areas within the library.
  • Newcastle City Council: $200,000 to refurbish and extend Newcastle City Library allowing for a broader range of services to be offered to clients.
  • Orange City Council: $175,000 for the introduction of RFID in libraries in Orange, Cabonne, Blayney, Cowra and Forbes councils, freeing up staff time to provide additional programs and services to their communities.
  • Port Stephens Council: $112,050 for radio frequency identification allowing staff to focus on developing readers’ advisory services, outreach programs, homebound and special needs services and e-resources training programs.
  • Queanbeyan City Council: $172,902 to improve outreach to remote communities in Queanbeyan and Palerang council areas through a mobile and ‘pop-up’ service. The library vehicles will provide technology, WiFi, access for people with disabilities and a Home Library Service.
  • Richmond Valley Council: $177,230 for Casino Library redesign to create a modern layout with new shelving and furniture arranged in ‘community living room’ style. $108,635 for radio frequency identification for Casino, Kyogle and Evans Head libraries, enabling staff to increase their time for direct customer engagement, providing additional programs and events as well as a roving reference service.
  • Shellharbour City Council: $200,000 funding improvement to the Oak Flats library interior with new furniture, foyer and consolidation of floor levels to create more usable and flexible spaces.
  • Tweed Shire Council: $200,000 expansion of Tweed Heads library, creating a physical link to other cultural infrastructure within the community hub. The library will include spaces for quite study, children’s area, comfortable casual seating and events.
  • Warren Shire Council: $90,553 to refurbish Warren Shire library making the space more user friendly, with new furniture and service desk, technology, a 3D printer and movie screen.
  • Warringah Council: $200,000 for the refurbishment of Dee Why Library, enabling the transition of an iconic 1960s design to a contemporary community living room with the inclusion of new furniture, repurposed spaces and additional seating for individual or group study, meeting areas and programs.
  • Wollongong City Council: $165,385 to assist the library to offer a variety of training programs to residents seeking jobs. Technology and training sessions will be provided.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s Public Library Infrastructure Grant Program, which allocates $15 million over four years to enhance library services across the state.

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