Stacey Moses, Luke Taberney, Margaret Kanaley, Steph Cooke MP and Pam Halliburton stand amongst book shelves and smile at the camera.
Stacey Moses, Luke Taberney, Margaret Kanaley, Steph Cooke MP and Pam Halliburton

Two local libraries will soon benefit from the NSW Government’s Public Library Infrastructure Grant program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced funding for the Junee Library and Temora Library from the program:

  • $26,630 to upgrade shelving at Junee Library, adding castors so shelving is moveable. This will allow the library spaces to be reconfigured providing more flexible use of spaces for library programs and events.
  • $194,000 to improve the amenity of Temora Library with the introduction of contemporary stylish furniture, new carpet and signage.

Ms Cooke said the improvements would help enhance these vital community spaces.

“Modern libraries offer so much to people of all ages; places to learn, study, access technology, hold meetings and events, socialise and of course borrow everything from books, films and games,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s so important we support them to ensure they continue to be fit-for-purpose for the community and meet modern needs.”

“This funding will help both the Temora and Junee Libraries to continue to be important community spaces for everyone.”

Junee Shire Council’s Director Planning and Community Development Stacy Moses said the funding would help transform the Junee Library.

“We’re reconfiguring all of our shelving and putting them on casters making them more durable so we can actually move the library around substantially and have more engagement with the community with events,” Ms Moses said.

“We’re really excited with all the changes that will bring to us. The Junee Library is very important to the local community and we are hoping this will make it more of a community hub.”

“We are very thankful for the grant and are looking forward to getting those casters on.”

Previous support for local libraries from the NSW Government’s Public Library Infrastructure Grantprogram include:

  • $189,014 for Temora Library building a new outdoor reading and activity space, new accessible toilet facilities, and wheelchair accessible ramps.
  • $200,000 for the Bland Shire Library to create a dedicated young adult space, mobile shelving and furniture, improved display and a range of seating options.
  • $200,000 on a youth space at Narrandera Library incorporating areas for collaborative study, meeting, socialising and being connected, accessible toilet and entrance.
  • $44,727 for Grenfell Library for a microform reader/printer, furniture and shelving.

NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said 25 local councils, of which 20 are in regional NSW and five in Sydney, will receive grants for projects this year to extend and improve public library buildings, spaces and information technology for NSW communities.

“This significant grant program is part of the $60 million that the Berejiklian Government is providing to enhance library services and facilities across the State between 2019 and 2023,” Mr Harwin said.

“It is essential that all residents have equitable access to services, and I am particularly delighted to see that this grant funding will help improve library spaces as their critical services are reintroduced in line with the COVID-19 safety plans.”

NSW State Librarian Dr John Vallance is pleased that the funds will enable councils to develop or improve library buildings and mobile library services.

“In my role visiting libraries across NSW, wherever I go I see the importance of quality library infrastructure, and the great community need for books, information and safe, welcoming public space. NSW public libraries are open to everyone, and the State Library is proud of its long partnership with these crucial institutions.”

The Public Library Infrastructure Grants program is administered by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Library Council of NSW.