27 September 2023

Call for comment on State Library strategy

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The State Library of Western Australia has announced a draft strategy on the future of public libraries around the State.

The public is invited to comment on the WA Public Libraries Strategy 2022–2026 Consultation Draft, with submissions to close on 8 April.

In a statement, the State Library said the Strategy had been developed as a joint project between State and Local Governments and centred on three themes: Strengthening Communities — what was needed to enable the public to have a greater say in the services that public libraries delivered; Digital Inclusion — what was needed to make public libraries the first place a person thought of for access to technology and online resources like electronic books, audiobooks and streaming films; and How We Value Public Libraries — How Government and communities can accurately assess the impact public library services have on people’s lives.

“There are 232 local public libraries throughout WA,” it said.

“Last year there were more than seven million in-person visits and three million online visits to libraries.”

Minister for Culture and the Arts, David Templeman said libraries were one of the few places where someone could stay all day and both learn and be entertained for free.

“They are truly egalitarian cultural treasures,” Mr Templeman said.

“For many communities, the local public library is the hub,” he said.

“Public libraries foster connections — between members of communities and between individuals and the information they need to live their lives.

“I encourage all library users to take the time to read the Strategy and provide feedback.

“This is about your public library, so please have your say.”

The State Library’s seven-page Consultation Draft can be accessed at this PS News link and its Strategy Survey at this link.

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