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WA state government to overhaul public library system

The Western Australian state government has announced an overhaul of the state’s 231 public libraries, including replacing a 1950s-era funding model, and introducing a single-library-card system for all libraries, reports the West Australian.

A background paper outlining how the WA public library system will be modernised also proposes a new model to support regional and remote library services to ensure equal access to library services across the state, improved governance systems and the development of a system to measure and assess the impact and value of public library services on individuals and communities.

The paper warns about the increased pressures facing regional and metropolitan libraries, and proposes realigning library boundaries.

To read the background report, click here.


Category: Library news