Library services in Lismore and Kyogle will receive close to $300,000 as part of the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program.
Lismore MP Thomas George (Nationals) and Arts Minister Don Harwin announced the state government funding on Monday (April 30) .
Lismore will get $198,000 to refurbish its library with mobile shelving, smaller service desks and comfortable furniture which will provide much needed spaces for youth, quiet study, a children’s area, browsing and programs.
Kyogle will redesign its library, using the $99,673 to replace the existing shelving and furniture, create a new layout and increase flexibility in the floor plan for events and library activities.
Mr George said the Kyogle and Lismore libraries form an important part of the community, providing much more than simply a place to borrow books.
‘Libraries are at the heart of our community and are transforming rapidly to meet the challenges of the digital age,’ he said.
‘I am thrilled that the NSW Government is continuing its strong support for libraries, especially in rural electorates such as ours.’
Arts Minister Don Harwin said the NSW Government had spent $28.8 million on libraries in the current financial year.
‘Public libraries continue to grow and provide access to services that help people at all stages of their lives,’ Mr Harwin said.
‘It is essential rural residents have equitable access to services and I am particularly delighted to see grant funding that will assist 30 rural councils in meeting the specific needs of their library users,’ he added.
Councils were invited to apply for funding under the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program in October last year.
Grants have been awarded to 33 local councils this year, providing significant public benefit and improving public library buildings, spaces and information technology for communities across NSW.