Renew Our Libraries

Renew Our LibrariesToday’s libraries are about more than books – they are valuable centres for people to access information, knowledge, meet new people and learn new skills.

In response to NSW Government funding cuts to public libraries, at the 2017 Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Conference, all councils unanimously agreed to joint advocacy and the NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA) and LGNSW have united to create Renew Our Libraries.

The Renew Our Libraries objectives are to double the funding for public libraries, and create a long term, sustainable funding model to invest in our libraries into the future.

  • Public libraries are a vital part of local community across the state - a focal point for people to access information and ideas.
  • NSW public libraries receive over 35 million visits a year, but State recurrent funding has not increased to match the demand and in fact, was slashed by 5% in the 2018-19 State Budget.
  • Thanks to the efforts of councils and community supporters so far, the NSW Government and Opposition have committed to providing millions in additional funding to NSW public libraries over four years from 2019 - but there’s more work to do.

For more information visit the Renew Our Libraries website.