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

RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Henry Yao 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.

“Libraries deliver programs and services to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds,” says Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “The Covid-19 Relief and Recovery Funding will support Richmond libraries in recovering from the pandemic and continuing to offer services that Richmond residents depend on.”

Richmond Public Library is receiving $113,028.36 in funding.

“Richmond Public Library plays a vital role in promoting literacy, sharing arts and culture, helping people access technology, and provides space for community programming, as well as functions as a community hub for families and organizations,” says Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “I’m grateful for Richmond Public Library’s great work prior to and during the pandemic, and this funding will support their work in keeping communities connected and engaged.”

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 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.”

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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