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Grant committed to Powell River Public Library

Province will be providing money to address local priorities
VALUED SERVICES: Powell River Public Library, along with the other libraries in the province, will be receiving funding from the provincial government through one-time grants to address local priorities.

Powell River Public Library will be receiving funds from the province as part of a $45 million program.

“I am very excited to hear the news from the province,” said chief librarian Rebecca Burbank. “This funding makes it clear that the resources and services that library staff deliver are valued and seen as essential.

“I am proud to be a part of our public library and to be able to offer excellent library services in such a welcoming and beautiful space to all members of our community. Our library does so much to help patrons – accessibility services like home delivery, after-school programs, technology support and free WiFi. This funding will enhance libraries across BC at a time when the cost of delivering services has risen very quickly.”

Burbank said she looks forward to hearing the detailed funding plan and how that will look across the 71 individual libraries. 

She added that both the City of Powell River and qathet Regional District have advocated for increased provincial funding through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities for many years.

“I am thankful for their continued support of libraries,” said Burbank.

According to a media release from the provincial ministry of municipal affairs, public library users in communities throughout BC will benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information through $45 million in provincial funding.

“We love our local public libraries,” stated minister of municipal affairs Anne Kang. “They are a vital part of vibrant communities, delivering services we rely on every day.

“From offering regular access to the internet, to delivering programs for families, newcomers, job seekers and seniors, this funding will go a long way to ensure libraries are helping people stay connected, access information and continue their lifelong learning.”

The release stated that all 71 BC 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. Funds will be distributed to libraries by March 31.

With this additional new funding, the province aims to enhance the provincewide library system with programs, resources and technology infrastructure that benefits people and communities throughout BC, according to the release.