Council seeks assurance for library funding

31 March 2014

Council will seek an assurance of ongoing secure funding for Bayside libraries in its response to the Victorian Government’s Tomorrow’s Library review.

Council will convey its in-principle support for recommendations of the review, subject to the proportion of library operating costs met by the state government being maintained or, preferably, increased.

Support will also be extended to the Municipal Association of Victoria’s call for the state government to develop a business case to assess the costs and benefits of the recommendations.

Mayor Cr Laurence Evans said that stable long term funding is essential if Bayside City Council is to maintain the current high quality services provided by its four thriving libraries.

“Our libraries provide information, learning and recreation to more than 50,000 members who borrow around 960,000 books and resources every year,” he said. 

“Financial certainty is essential if we are to maintain our existing library services, as well as provide for the expanding demand for information and knowledge of a growing community. 

“Funding certainty also enables us to incorporate new and innovative library services as opportunities arise.”

The Victorian Government unexpectedly announced a reduction in library funding in mid-2011. It took a strongly fought campaign to reverse the decision and get a commitment from the government to review public library services.

The recommendations provide advice to the Minister for Local Government on how the Victorian Government can best support libraries into the future and will be considered in the context of the state government budget process to be handed down in May 2014.

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