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Library book campaign launched

Library book campaign launched

THE Western Australian Local Government Association and the WA Local Government Librarians have launched a campaign to raise funds to get more books.

WALGA president Clive Robartson said the WA Government had fallen behind in its responsibility to support public library services, which it provided in partnership with local government.

"Local government provides library buildings, staff, technology and operating costs. The State Government provides the books," he said.

"For many years State Government funding was responsible for a ratio of 1.25 books per person and allowed for 15 per cent of the books to be replaced every year.

"Due to inadequate State funding, many public libraries have fewer books than is warranted by the size of their populations and too many of the books on the shelves are old, worn out and out of date."

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