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$25 Million Budget Investment in Libraries

By Jared Hodge

Gold Coasters love their libraries and this year’s City Budget reflects that sentiment.

Funding of $25,308,619 has been allocated to libraries for 2014-15 with the recent city-wide community survey supporting strong investment in our libraries and community centres.

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate visited Robina Branch Library today for Baby Rhyme Time, one of the many popular community programs run by libraries.

“Our 13 libraries, mobile library service, special needs library and local studies library provide access to around one million items to 255,000 library members. That’s almost half our population. Each day, more than 8000 people visit one of our libraries,” Mayor Tate said.

“With the rise of eBook readers and more people using the web, there is a misconception that libraries are becoming out-dated. The opposite is true. More and more people are valuing and using our libraries, and the services they provide are more than book borrowing. Our libraries are contemporary, high-tech, thriving community focal points.

“We’ve listened to what people want and our libraries are staying open longer. Elanora Branch Library will now be open on Sundays from noon to 4pm.  Broadbeach, Elanora Robina and Southport libraries will also be open extra hours on Saturdays,” he said.

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