The Hepburn Shire Council will receive a State Government investment in the future of local libraries, through the Victorian Government’s Public Libraries Funding Program.

The program will invest $170,089 in Hepburn Shire public libraries.

As Victorians continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, libraries across Hepburn remain a significant resources for communities.

The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding for public libraries across Victoria so that they can provide valuable library services. This funding will expand library collections, boost online services and provide library and outreach programs.

The Public Libraries Funding Program has been allocated $48.1 million in funding for the 2022-2023 financial year.

Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested more than $354 million through the Public Libraries Funding Program.

Local libraries are much-loved community facilities in Victoria. Across the state, more than two million library members borrow more than 31 million items from libraries every year.