Backing Victorian Libraries To Change Lives!
At an event to launch the mobile app and a new website for the Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation, Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane announced $45.8 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and collection items, run online services and deliver outreach programs.
He stated that libraries provided tremendous support to their communities through the coronavirus pandemic. From virtual story times for kids and check-in phone calls for members, to book delivery and partnerships with Meals on Wheels, libraries have made a real impact during a challenging year.
Minister Leane made the announcement a The corporation serves the Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges councils and will receive $2.8 million from the funding package.
The funding represents a 2.5 per cent increase on last year’s allocation from the Public Libraries Funding Program and is part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/21.