NDP MLAs Rankin and Lore say new provincial funding for local libraries in Greater Victoria will benefit people

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VICTORIA – New Democrat MLAs Murray Rankin and Grace Lore announce funding for their libraries, allowing local library users to benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information.

“Libraries are a vital community resource, providing access to information, education, and culture for everyone,” says Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. “That’s why we are investing in our public libraries so they can expand and enhance the services that enrich our communities.”

The Greater Victoria Public Library is receiving $1,292,047.17 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.

“People in Victoria rely on their local branch for connection, learning opportunities and so many other services and programs. This funding will ensure our incredible public libraries can continue to meet those needs.” said Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill.

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