National Library of Australia welcomes 2021-22 Federal Budget funding

National Library of Australia welcomes 2021-22 Federal Budget funding
12 May 2021

The National Library of Australia has welcomed the budget funding announced by the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Hon Paul Fletcher MP, on Friday ahead of last night’s Federal Budget.

Director-General of the National Library of Australia Dr Marie-Louise Ayres said the additional funding of $9.9m across the next two financial years was very welcome news.

‘The funding from the National Cultural Institutions Financial Sustainability package of $7m over the next two years will help to maintain and improve the Library’s operations and services to the public.’

‘Throughout 2020, especially during lockdown, the Library saw a significant increase in the number of people using our resources and exploring our collections online. This engagement is increasing, and this funding will assist with future plans for our services,’ she said.

'We are very grateful for this funding, as well as other one-off funding from the Government in recent years, that has allowed us to redevelop Trove and digitise more content,’ said Dr Ayres. ‘The Library is both a welcoming and vibrant place that people can visit, and a digital culture platform providing access to the collections of nearly 1000 cultural institutions, used by 30 million people a year. Ensuring these services are sustainable into the future is our main priority.’

The National Library is currently undertaking several crucial capital works projects to future proof the 52-year-old heritage building and safeguard the nation’s collection.

‘Some of this Budget funding will progress part of a multi-year, $24m replacement of the Heating Ventilation and Airconditioning (HVAC) system, as part of the Library’s Collection Storage Masterplan,’ said Dr Ayres.


Cathie Oats, National Library of Australia

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