NDP MLAs say new provincial funding for local libraries in the Tri-Cities will benefit people

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TRI-CITIES – New Democrat MLAs Selina Robinson, Fin Donnelly, Mike Farnworth, and Rick Glumac announce funding for their libraries, allowing local library users to benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information.

“Public libraries provide a safe and accessible place for all community members to learn and grow,” says Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville. “I am pleased to see such a vital part of our community receive the funding it deserves.”

The following libraries are receiving funding in the Tri-Cities:

  • Coquitlam Public Library – $543,282.30
  • Port Moody Public Library – $262,608.96
  • Fraser Valley Regional Library – $2,365,813.80

“Libraries are so much more than just a place to borrow books; they are a safe space for so many people to access resources that can help them navigate life.” says Fin Donnelly, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. “Funding for libraries is crucial and I’m glad to see our government make this a priority.”

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.

“The Coquitlam Public Library offers events and programs for all ages, and they work hard to make sure the library is welcoming and accessible to everyone,” Mike Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam. “This funding will help them expand and enhance their services to make an even bigger impact in our community.”

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.

“Libraries play such a critical role in our communities,” says Rick Glumac, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam. “I’m glad our government is supporting such an important resource, and I’m excited to see what Port Moody Library does with this funding.”

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