Shoalhaven City Council is one of 31 local councils that will receive a grant as part of the NSW Government’s Public Library Infrastructure Grant program.
The $140,000 grant was presented by Member for the South Coast, The Hon. Shelley Hancock to Mayor Amanda Findley
The grant will assist in purchasing an additional mobile library for the Southern area of the Shoalhaven.
Mayor Amanda Findley said, “We are extremely thankful to the NSW Government for providing this grant to Shoalhaven Libraries, which will allow us to expand our services and offer flexible and relevant library facilities. Libraries are so important in connecting, learning, developing and discovering”
Sarah Taylor, Unit Manager for Library Services is excited to receive the grant. “The mobile library service is an integral part of the services provided to our region by Shoalhaven Libraries. This additional vehicle will continue to offer a traditional mobile library service, but in addition, enable increased access to library services by the community.”
“The service will offer internet connectivity and assist with the expansion of the current Home Library Service, as well as extend to pre-school, primary and high school visits, library presentations and other outreach activities.”
It is anticipated that this new model will enable Shoalhaven Libraries to provide a more flexible library service, enabling greater coverage of the long local government area. Planning for the future, a vehicle based in Ulladulla will assist in catering for an ageing population that will see an increased demand for home library services and outreach activities.