2016-17 Public library funding

The 2016-17 state government budget allocated over $41.5 million in recurrent funding for public libraries. In addition, $22.4 million has been committed over four years to two library programs:

  • $18 million over four years for the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program
  • $4.4 million over four years for the Premiers' Reading Challenge Book Fund.

The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program assists councils to meet the needs of their communities through the funding of public library infrastructure projects.

This Premiers' Reading Challenge Book Fund provides funding to public libraries for the purchase of books and other materials to support children undertaking the annual Premiers' Reading Challenge.

Independent review of public library funding

Action 13 of the Ministerial Statement on Local Government (August 2015) outlined the Local Government Minister’s intention to undertake a "critical review to establish optimum future funding arrangements" for public libraries – specifically examining options for shared services delivery.

An independent review of public library funding in Victoria was conducted by global accounting firm KPMG. The review was completed in March 2016.

KPMG Report (PDF, 4.0 MB)
KPMG Report (DOCX, 4.0 MB)

The report notes there are significant efficiencies and library service quality improvements available to councils through the implementation of shared service initiatives. These will provide Victoria with accessible modern libraries that meet their needs now and into the future.

Alongside the release of the report, this government is also releasing a number of documents that have informed the report, including the Tomorrow’s Library stage 1 and 2 reports.

Tomorrow's Library Stage 1 Report (DOC, 1.0 MB)

Tomorrow's Library Stage 2 Report (DOC, 1.7 MB)

Business Case for the implementation of the Victorian Library (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Victorian Library Implementation Plan (PDF, 836.2 KB)
Victorian Library Implementation Plan (DOCX, 235.4 KB)

Shared Services Options for Victorian Public Libraries (PDF, 601.7 KB)
Shared Services Options for Victorian Public Libraries (DOCX, 293.0 KB)

Evaluation of the Premiers' Reading Challenge (PDF, 737.4 KB)

Evaluation of Living Libraries Infrastructure Program (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Evaluation of Living Libraries Infrastructure Program (DOCX, 2.9 MB)

More information

If you have questions or need further information on library funding, please contact:

Amanda Minniti, Senior Project Manager
03 9948 8538