Funding for youth space at library

21 March 2016

A dedicated youth space will be created at the LibraryMuseum thanks to $86,000 funding from the NSW Government.

The youth space will be integrated into and extend services of the Youth Café that will be built at the back of the LibraryMuseum later this year.

The Member for Albury, Greg Aplin, announced the funding under the Public Library Infrastructure Grants program and said it would help make the LibraryMuseum a safe and engaging place for young people.

The new youth space will include a dedicated youth library featuring a young adult collection, welcoming furniture and the latest technology including iPads, a youth exhibition space and a workshop space for structured activities for young people, including study sessions and homework help.

Mr Aplin said libraries in regional communities played an important role in the creating "lifelong learning".

"This support to the library will be enjoyed by our growing community and be a great resource for our community's young people," he said.

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven said AlburyCity youth programs had been without a designated home since they had to move from Burrows House for the development of MAMA.

"Since the closure of that Retro Youth Café at Burrows House, youth programs have been run out of the LibraryMuseum and we've found this is a great way to connect young people with the library," Cr van de Ven said.

"The Retro Youth Management Committee of young people who have continued to work on events and programs for youth out of the LibraryMuseum have done a wonderful job and this will be a great boost for them."

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the funding program was an opportunity for local government to improve library services that benefit communities.

The Public Library Infrastructure Grant program will allocate $15 million over four years to enhance library services and facilities and is administered by the State Library on behalf of the NSW Government.