NDP MLAs say people in New Westminster will see improvements from new funding for local library

NEW WESTMINSTER – New Democrat MLAs Jennifer Whiteside and Aman Singh 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.

“The New Westminster Public Library is a vital space in the community that offers a place for people to gather and access resources,” says Jennifer Whiteside, MLA for New Westminster. “The pandemic presented challenges for many as we all worked to adapt to new ways of living, and this funding will help libraries recover from the costs of the pandemic while also supporting them in expanding their spaces and program delivery.”

New Westminster Public Library is receiving $79,933.53 in funding.

“Libraries provide a safe space for many people in our communities – whether to escape the rain or access community resources,” says Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “Through providing additional funding for libraries across the province, we’re helping them adapt and address the needs of communities.”

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.

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