Role and value of public libraries
Public libraries sit at the heart of their communities. They help create a sense of belonging and they respond to the needs of the people who use them. They celebrate cultural diversity, and they help promote understanding between different cultural groups.
Public libraries provide opportunities for lifelong learning. They help children and young people develop imagination and creativity, and they give adults the opportunity to learn about their cultural heritage, and about the arts, science and technology.
Public Libraries of New Zealand has successfully secured $160,000 of funding from the Unlocking Curious Minds fund which is aimed at getting young people more involved with science and technology.
Our Strategic Framework
“Public Libraries of New Zealand – A Strategic Framework 2012 – 2017” charts the future of public libraries in New Zealand. It is designed to help libraries, and their local councils to extend their services through new technology, and improve their efficiency through partnerships and alliances.
The summer slide is about to a lack of access to learning resources over the summer period. Students can go from daily reading at school to almost no reading during the six week summer break. By the time they return back to school the reading levels of many has slumped.
Public Libraries of New Zealand leads the debate on the future of public libraries. We advocate for the continuous improvement of public libraries to meet the evolving needs of local communities.
We bring together the leaders in the public library sector to ensure that local services in New Zealand continue to meet the needs of New Zealanders from Cape Reinga to Bluff.