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