Have you ever considered how everyday life is improved by the many services councils provide?
South Australian councils invest around $127 million annually to operate 100+ public libraries and support another 40 school/community libraries in rural and remote areas.
Libraries are important community meeting places, offering free internet and computer access, as well as book, CD and DVD lending.
But libraries are no longer just about books. They’ve become one of our favourite places to meet with many incorporating cafés and meeting rooms used by a huge variety of community groups.
Many also host Justice of the Peace services, lend out toys, computer tablets, and sometimes even garden equipment. Libraries run programs like story time, summer reading clubs, English as a second language, online gaming, digital literacy courses and book discussion groups.
SA Councils operate 100 libraries and co-fund another 40 school based, joint-use libraries in rural and remote areas . Combined, councils invested $127million in the provision of libraries and cultural services last financial year (supported by $18.5million of State Government funding).
More than 600,000 South Australians are active members of the acclaimed one-card library network, and between them they borrowed more than 15 million items each year.