The NSW Metropolitan Public Libraries Association Incorporated (NSW MPLA) is the peak body that represents the interests and development of public libraries in metropolitan New South Wales, including Sydney and regional urban centres.
At an Extraordinary General Meeting on Friday 20 June 2014 NSW MPLA voted to amalgamate with Public Libraries NSW (PLNSW) to become a single association to be called NSW Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA). The two associations then had a joint meeting to discuss the proposed constitution of NSWPLA and interim arrangements. The first Annual General Meeting of NSW PLA will take place Friday 14 November and will coincide with the annual NSW Public Libraries Conference at Mudgee.
Public libraries in New South Wales:
- Deliver an economic benefit of $4 for every dollar invested
- Lend over 50.5 million items and receive 37 million visits annually
- Have an annual expenditure of nearly $330 million, 93% of which is provided by Local Government Councils and the remainder is provided by the State Government.
Metropolitan and country public libraries have joined forces to form NSW Public Library Associations (NSWPLA) - to speak with a united voice about the need for a sustainable funding model from the NSW state government for public libraries.
With the assistance of Local Government NSW and the Australian Libraries and Information Association, a co-ordinated campaign is now underway to bring the funding situation to the attention of decision makers and the community.
Find out more about the Campaign, what we are seeking and how you can support it at: