Library revival creates pathways for new migrants

Australia’s public libraries are flourishing despite talk of their uncertain futures in a digital era.

(20 September 2018) How important are libraries to Australians?

Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN) needs to answer this exact question, as it calls for more community support and state funding to the sector.

Network spokesman Chris Buckingham said greater state involvement will help provide better resources for established and new communities in Victoria.

“Victoria welcomes nearly 3,000 new residents each week,” he said.

“Our operational funding from state government is tied to the CPI (consumer price index) and what that means is that particularly those library services that are serving growing communities, funding is not keeping up with demand.”

SBS News has the full story by Tara Cosoleto.