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

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RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Henry Yao, Kelly Greene, and Aman Singh announce funding for their libraries, allowing local library users to benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information.

“For many, libraries offer safe places and access to resources,” says Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “This funding will enable libraries to continue to expand their services and welcome more people through their doors.”

Richmond Public Library is receiving $700,964.06 in funding.

“Investing in our local libraries is investing in the future of our communities,” says Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “With this funding, we can expand the resources and services that are available at our libraries and improve technology and infrastructure, so that we’re meeting people’s needs.”

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 play a critical role in our communities by providing access to information and knowledge for people of all ages and different backgrounds,” says Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “By investing in our libraries, we are ensuring that people have access to the information and resources they need to continue to learn and succeed.”

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