Cumberland: The BC government says it is providing $45 million in funding to public libraries across B.C.
The government said the funding will benefit public library users in communities as they will have access to modernized technology, information, enhanced programs and services.
“We love our local public libraries. They are a vital part of vibrant communities, delivering services we rely on every day,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
“From offering regular access to the internet, to delivering programs for families, newcomers, job seekers and seniors, this funding will go a long way to ensure libraries are helping people stay connected, access information and continue their lifelong learning,” she said.
According to the press release, all 71 BC public libraries and organizations that help libraries deliver their services will receive one-time grants totalling $45 million in addition to their annual operating funding.
“This will give libraries flexibility to address local priorities, including longer hours, bigger digital collections and better access to literacy and lifelong learning opportunities. The funds will be distributed among libraries by March 31,” the press release reads.
With this additional new funding, the province says its aim is to enhance the provincewide library system with programs, resources and technology infrastructure that benefits people and communities throughout B.C.