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Public Libraries: Finance

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 907923, tabled on 12 December 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to provide financial support for library provision.

Answered on

15 December 2016

The Government recognises the importance of libraries to local communities. Local authorities are responsible for funding library services in England, and made net investment of £701 million in 2015/16. In addition, DCMS has established a £4 million ‘Libraries: Opportunities for Everyone’ fund, managed by the Arts Council and funded a £2.6 million programme to ensure wifi is available in nearly every public library in England.

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