NDP MLA says new provincial funding for local libraries in the North Coast will benefit people

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NORTH COAST – New Democrat MLA Jennifer Rice announces funding for North Coast libraries, allowing local library users to benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information.

“Public libraries are incredible assets to our communities, that provide not only accessible information, but also a place to connect,” says Jennifer Rice, MLA for the North Coast. “Libraries serve all members of our community from all walks of life and for many different purposes. Its more than just books, its access to knowledge which is obtained in many ways. I am thrilled to see this funding going towards something so impactful.”

The following libraries are receiving funding in the North Coast:

  • Prince Rupert Public Library – $207,543.05
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library – $2,044,280.72

All 71 B.C. public libraries and organizations that help libraries deliver their services will receive one-time grants totalling $45 million in addition to their annual operating funding. This will give libraries flexibility to address local priorities, including longer hours, bigger digital collections and better access to literacy and lifelong learning opportunities.

This funding gives libraries the flexibility to address local priorities while ensuring they are able to meet the evolving needs of their local communities over the coming years.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28435