Provincial Government to provide enhanced digital library services

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is enhancing digital library services as a benefit to B.C. families.

According to the Government, there will soon be greater access to online learning and reading resources, thanks to a one-time $3-million government investment in public libraries.

Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, shared people must have access to digital literacy programs, eBooks and online learning.

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Fleming shared the funding will help bring libraries into the homes of families throughout the province.

The Government says with the new funding libraries can provide enhanced digital and connectivity services by expanding Wi-Fi capabilities, offering community digital literacy training, enhancing online library programs and purchasing technology.

Libraries will work together to deliver a province-wide collection of eBooks, magazines and other online services that people will be able to access with their library card.

The Ministry says $1.8 million will be allocated through the B.C. Libraries Co-operative to support electronic resource licensing and help expand online collections for all B.C. public libraries. The additional $1.2 million will be distributed directly to libraries.

The Ministry has released a new strategic plan for provincial public library services in British Columbia. The idea was developed with library partners and focused on making sure British Columbians experience library services that are engaging, accessible and responsive to their needs.

Fleming shares public libraries are an essential part of making life better and more affordable for British Columbians.

Libraries provide free, equitable access to quality sources of information. Libraries increase opportunities for people to contribute to their communities, reducing inequality to information access, helping close the divide between poverty and opportunity, while helping remove barriers that can hold people back.

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