The upgrades will extend opening hours, expand book collections, deliver English lessons, provide outreach programs for seniors, and HSC study help and classes.
Service NSW kiosks will be placed in more libraries on an ‘opt-in’ basis, allowing more people to access important cost of living initiatives including green slip refunds and assistance finding a better deal on energy prices.
The $60 million funding will transform and modernise more than 370 public libraries, especially those in regional areas, delivering key services and educational and cultural experiences across NSW.
Smaller libraries will also have the opportunity to expand and deliver mobile library services in remote locations, among other initiatives.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the record investment is the biggest single cash injection in history for NSW public libraries.
“This historic investment will transform the way NSW’s public libraries deliver much-needed services, especially in regional areas, enhancing customer experience and convenience,” Ms Berejiklian said.