TRI-CITIES – New Democrat MLAs Fin Donnelly and Rick Glumac say 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.
“This funding will help ensure the Coquitlam Public Library will continue to be a hub our community and strengthen the services, programs and resources they provide,” said Fin Donnelly, MLA for Coquitlam – Burke Mountain. “These past two years have highlighted the vital roles libraries play in keeping people connect to their loved ones and community.”
Public libraries in the Tri-Cities are receiving funding as follows:
- Coquitlam Public Library, $97,555.35
- Port Moody Public Library, $48,741.33
“Over the past two years, libraries have helped bridge the digital divide for many people in the community,” said Rick Glumac, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam. “This relief funding for our libraries will allow them to continue be a place for people to connect and access important services.”
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.