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Tech boost coming to Barrie Public Library

Investing in Ontario’s public libraries is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives
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NEWS RELEASE

ANN HOGGARTH, BARRIE MPP

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Ontario is making it easier for people in Barrie to stay connected by increasing access to technology, digital services and training opportunities at local public libraries.

The province is supporting the Barrie Public Library to give local residents better access to resources such as Wi-Fi hot spot lending programs, computers, printers, e-readers and technology-focused training. 

Improving digital resources and services in rural, remote and First Nation public libraries was one of the top three ideas selected by people during Budget Talks, the consultations for the 2017 Ontario Budget. Ontario has expanded on what was heard during the budget consultations and extended this support to all public libraries in the province.

Investing in Ontario’s public libraries is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quotes

“Our libraries provide accessible services to the people of Barrie. This investment will support the Barrie Public Library to make services even better and continue to enrich people’s lives right here in our own community.” - Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

“Public libraries play a critical role in our communities by providing people with free access to information, technology and a variety of programs that support lifelong learning and skills development. With this investment, our government will continue to support libraries as they improve their services and connect more people to web-based information, training and opportunities.” - Eleanor McMahon, minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The Barrie Public Library greatly appreciates all the funding it receives. Technology in libraries enables us to explore and share our stories. It is the bridge for young and old alike to connect with the world in new and exciting ways. We are excited by the opportunities this funding will bring to the residents of Barrie. - Marc Saunders, CEO, Barrie Public Library 

Quick facts

  • In June 2017, Ontario announced it would be investing $3 million through the Improving Library Digital Services fund to support up to 307 libraries and library organizations across the province. This includes $1 million for rural, remote and First Nation public libraries through Budget Talks. 
  • The Barrie Public Library is receiving $15,782
  • Libraries will determine how their funding will be used, based on specific local needs.
  • This investment builds on a commitment in Ontario’s Culture Strategy to support Ontario’s public and First Nation libraries as essential spaces for people to access cultural experiences, technology and community life.
  • Every year, Ontario’s 1,134 library service locations receive more than 72 million in-person visits and 108 million electronic visits.
  • Since 2013, the Ontario government has provided more than $136 million in funding for public and First Nation public libraries.
  • Ontario Public Library Week was first announced by the province in 1985. This year, it takes place from Oct. 15-21.

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