Public Library Grant
State Library provides an annual grant to local governments to support the development of high-quality library services guided by VISION 2017 to meet the diverse needs of the whole community.
For Independent Libraries 50% of the grant is tied to collection expenditure as defined in the Collection Expenditure Information Guide [pdf 53KB]), and up to 50% can be spent on library priorities:
- Library Priority Project Information Guide [pdf 59KB]
- Library Priority Project Application Form [doc 32KB]
- Library Priority Project Completion Report [doc 32KB]
The grant funding is automatically indexed each year for population growth, and is administered under a Service Level Agreement.
In lieu of a cash grant, local governments participating in Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) receive a notional allocation which funds the purchase of library materials and eresources accessed from a networked web catalogue. The physical library materials are refreshed regularly at each site. In addition, a cash grant is paid directly to RLQ local governments for libraries that operate 6 hours or more per week for local needs such as tablets, ereaders, programming or other resources. The notional grant funding is automatically indexed each year for population growth, and is administered under a Service Level Agreement.
The methodology currently used to distribute the allocations to local governments is calculated as follows:
- 66% is distributed as an equal per capita component
- 30% is distributed on weightings reflecting:
- population growth rates
- proportion of people aged 55 years and over
- proportion of people aged 0-14
- 4% is distributed relative to proportion of the Indigenous population.
This total is then weighted by:
- a location index (derived from Local Government Grants Commission)
- a dispersion index derived from the number of separate library services (including mobile libraries) and the population density.
The funding amount is indexed each year for population growth. The current model is in place until 30 June 2017.