Not matter the size, libraries across NSW will be treated to an enormous splash of cash to ensure regional residents have equitable access to services under the new Public Library Infrastructure Grant program.

These grants will immensely benefit all library users – from seasoned borrowers to first-timers – with the program tailored at helping restore or improve the libraries to meet their communities specific and individual needs.

Libraries form an important part of regional communities and are more than a place to simply borrow books. Grants have been awarded to 33 local councils – 30 of those rural – this year as they continue to grow and provide access to services that help people at all stages of their lives.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries was thrilled with the $650,000 injection into Far West libraries.

“Libraries are at the heart of our community and are transforming rapidly to meet the challenges of the digital age,” he said.

“Not only are they places to borrow books but they are also places to read newspapers and magazines, access the internet, to study for school or to meet friends and like-minded people.”

The Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Boggabri and Warren libraries all received funding which will help provide new computer and printing facilities, improve security and stocktaking functions, create dedicated children’s zones, meeting rooms and reading areas.

Member for Murray Austin Evans announces Berrigan Shire Council will receive $200,000 to increase the size of Tocumwal library

Member for Murray Austin Evans was also excited to announce councils across his electorate received funding, including the Edward River Council to upgrade Deniliquin’s meeting spaces and technology. Whilst Tocumwal Library will increase the size of their technology room, improve their Wi-Fi and create a space for travelling exhibitions.

“I am thrilled that the NSW Government is continuing its strong support for libraries, especially in rural electorates such as ours,” he said.

Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said the NSW Government recognised that libraries need to adapt and move with the times and the Library Infrastructure Program is designed to assist local government in developing and improving buildings and information technology.

“It’s terrific to see the Casino Library well utilised by people of all ages and I congratulate Council on its forward thinking in ensuring the library is an accessible and engaging resource,” Chris said.