Libraries Change Lives
Monash Public Library Service has joined Victoria’s 272 public libraries and the State Library of Victoria in a statewide campaign launched this week. The campaign seeks to highlight the role of public libraries in building literate, productive and engaged communities with the goal of ensuring libraries get the support they need to grow, and provide vital services to growing communities.
Victoria welcomes 2800 new residents per week. Public libraries receive over 30 million visitors annually, equivalent to five visits per Victorian, and visitation continues to outpace population growth. Nearly one in three Victorians participated in a library program last year while over 4 million Wi-Fi and computer sessions were recorded in libraries across the state.
We need to make sure Victorian public libraries are supported to meet rising community demand for their vital services.
Libraries generate $4.30 in benefit for every dollar invested.
Libraries foster literacy of all kinds
About 40 per cent of public libraries provide adult literacy activities or English language programs. Libraries are the primary providers of early years’ literacy programs for children aged 0-3 and their families. Public libraries also support digital literacy through the provision of training, and free access to computers and the internet.
Libraries create communities
Today’s libraries are vibrant neighbourhood hubs offering social interaction and shared cultural experiences. More than one third of Victorians participate in a library program every year, from poetry slams and book launches to conversation cafes, manga clubs and coding workshops.
Public libraries reduce social isolation and exclusion, connecting communities through 47 public library services, 272 individual branches, 336 mobile library stops and 72 other library outlets. They help build strong and engaged communities, where everyone belongs, and offer a platform for state-wide community development.
Libraries support culture and creativity
Public libraries are among Victoria’s most popular cultural institutions, providing free and equitable access to vast collections of books, films, music and more.
They nurture artistic endeavours of all kinds, providing a place for Victorians to write and create, to engage deeply with an art form, or develop their craft through maker spaces.
Libraries provide public spaces
Communities need safe and inclusive, well-designed public spaces.
Victorian libraries offer a mix of historic and contemporary public spaces that support community participation and social engagement. They are places where everyone is welcome, and everyone belongs.
Get involved by sharing your story about how libraries changed your life.
Visit https://librarieschangelives.org.au/ to learn more.