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

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CAMPBELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk is announcing funding for local libraries, allowing library users to benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information.

“Modern libraries are more than just rows and stacks of books. They are now places where people gather, learn, access technology, and serve as hubs for communities,” said Michele Babchuk, MLA for the North Island. “Libraries open doors to knowledge and resources that help people thrive, and by investing in our libraries, we’re investing in the future of our communities.”

The Vancouver Island Regional Library, which has branches in Campbell River, Gold River, Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeil, Sayward, Sointula, Tahsis, and Woss, is receiving $2,044,280.72.

The Alert Bay Public Library is also receiving $72,754.14.

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/releases/2023MUNI0021-000385