NELSON – New Democrat MLA Brittny Anderson says that people will see improvements at their local public libraries, including expanded digital collections and internet access, upgraded spaces and programming, and improved air circulation thanks to new COVID-19 relief and recovery funding for libraries.
“Libraries are community hubs,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “They are not only a place we can go to for books to learn or indulge in amazing stories, but they also offer invaluable resources like children’s programs, and access to technology like computers and printers. This funding will help libraries in the Kootenays to continue to be important gateways to knowledge and culture.”
Public libraries in the Kootenay Region are receiving funding as follows:
- Creston Public Library – $38,970.57
- Salmo Public Library – $29,637.85
- Kaslo & District Public Library – $28,690.12
- Nelson Municipal Library – $42,038.56
A total of $8 million in COVID-19 relief and recovery funding is being distributed between 71 public libraries, six library federations and three library service partners in B.C.
Libraries can use this new funding to enhance services for people and fill gaps created by the pandemic. This may include adapting their physical spaces, delivering computer and virtual technology training, and developing programs that help people build deeper social and community connections.
This investment builds on a one-time $3 million investment in public libraries in 2020, to expand digital services and computer access during the pandemic. Government also provides $14 million in annual funding toward operating costs at B.C.’s public libraries.