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‘Libraries Change Lives’ campaign launched in Victoria

Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN) and State Library Victoria (SLV) have begun a statewide campaign to raise awareness and grow funding for Victorian public libraries.

The Libraries Change Lives campaign, launched at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library this week, seeks increased funding for Victorian libraries to help meet growing demands. It follows a recent report on the value of public libraries, prepared by SGS Economics for the PLVN and SLV, which shows a return of $4.30 in local community benefits for every dollar invested in public libraries.

In a joint media release, PLVN President Joseph Cullen said that more people are using public libraries than ever before and that libraries are facing escalating demands for space, longer opening hours, expanded programs and access to online services. ‘We want to meet those community expectations, but we need more state government funding to do it,’ said Cullen.

‘Today’s libraries are about services and programs as much as physical collections. No other institution offers the same personal help, equal and free access to information, social engagement, and sense of safety and belonging,’ said Cullen.

The SGS Economics report showed that libraries deliver more than $1 billion in benefits to the Victorian community each year and drive over $328 million in economic activity.

To learn more or to get involved, visit the campaign website.

 

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