NDP MLA Nicholas Simons says people on the Sunshine Coast will see improvements from new funding for local libraries

SUNSHINE COAST – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons says 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.

“Everyone loves a trip to their local public library. Not only is it a place to learn or find something new and exciting, but public libraries are also a hub for people of all ages,” said MLA Simons. “Our government understands the vital role libraries play in our communities and with this funding, more people on the Sunshine Coast will soon be able to access more from their local library, both in person and digitally.”

Public libraries on the Sunshine Coast are receiving funding as follows:

  • Gibsons and District Public Library, $38,271.40
  • Powell River Public Library, $42,407.84
  • Sechelt Public Library, $41,580.85

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.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022MUNI0029-000767