LANGLEY– New Democrat MLAs Dykeman and Mercier say funding for local libraries will allow library users to benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information.
The Fraser Valley Regional Library, which covers 25 library locations across the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, is receiving $2,365,813.80 in funding.
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.
“Libraries are important resources for people in every community,” said Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley. “By investing in libraries, we’re making sure that everyone has a place where they can access information, attend community programs, study and of course, read!”
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.