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Calling all Library Lovers

 

Shoalhaven Library is asking local library lovers to join a statewide call to stop the ongoing reduction in funding from successive NSW State Governments and protect the future of their library.

 

Libraries are often the most well-used and valued public facilities in the community, but the ability of Shoalhaven City Council to maintain service levels at Shoalhaven Libraries may be at risk due to deteriorating State funding, according to Mayor, Joanna Gash.

 

“Expenditure on public libraries from the state has decreased as a proportion of total public library expenditure from 23% in 1980 to only 7% in 2013. This has and will continue to impact on the ability of local libraries to meet the needs of their communities” Clr Gash said.  

 

This is an historic issue that has now reached a crisis point.

 

The library is seeking the support of all library lovers in the Shoalhaven.  They need as many signatures as possible on a petition requesting increased and sustainable library funding to be tabled in the Lower House of the State Government. (These petitions are at all Shoalhaven local public libraries).

 

The library also wants to identify local library champions to assist them in the state-wide campaign to highlight the funding crisis and the need for a more sustainable funding model for public libraries from the state government. 

 

 

For enquiries, contact Sarah Taylor, Library Services Manager on 4429 3702.

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