NDP MLAs say new provincial funding for local libraries in Burnaby will benefit people

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BURNABY – New Democrat MLAs Janet Routledge, Katrina Chen, Raj Chouhan, and Anne Kang announce funding for their libraries, allowing local library users to benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information.

“Libraries act as pillars in many of our communities, and welcome people from all walks of life,” says Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North. “Whether people access services online or in person, this funding is sure to make a real difference in the lives of many, including here in Burnaby.”

Burnaby Public Library is receiving $828,555.72 in funding.

“Public libraries act as community hubs for places like Burnaby,” says Katrina Chen, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed. “As a government, we need to provide the necessary supports to libraries, making them more accessible to people who need these resources the most.”

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.

“Our libraries play a vital role in our communities by providing access to information, resources, and services that help people learn, grow, and succeed,” says Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds. “With this increased funding, everyone will have access to the tools they need to learn regardless of their background and circumstances.”

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.


“We love our local public libraries. They are a vital part of vibrant communities, delivering services we rely on every day,” says Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs and MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake. “From offering regular access to the internet, to delivering programs for families, newcomers, job seekers and seniors, this funding will go a long way to ensure libraries are helping people stay connected, access information and continue their lifelong learning.”

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