BC Public Library Partners

The BC Public Library Partners are:

  • BC Library Trustees Association (BCLTA)
  • Association of BC Public Library Directors (ABCPLD)
  • BC Library Association (BCLA)
  • BC Libraries Cooperative (BCLC)

The BC Public Library Partners work together to:

  1. Increase awareness of the positive impact of BC public libraries
  2. Influence provincial public policy and funding impacting libraries and their communities.


2024 Budget Consultations

June 28, 2023

The BC Public Library Partners’ submissions to the 2024 Budget Consultations conducted by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services can be found at https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees/42ndparliament-4thsession-fgs/calendar#past

You will want to click on June 12th and then chose HTML (to read the transcript) or audio. Scroll down to the time-stamp of 2:50 and the first of the Partner presentations by the Association of BC Public Library Directors. 

Update on Provincial Funding for Public Libraries

March 23, 2023

The BC Public Library Partners are pleased to provide a quick update coming out of today’s Provincial budget and a subsequent phone call that the Partners had with Minister Kang this afternoon. As you may have already heard, the budget included new funding for the public library sector.

Details are forthcoming. As of the afternoon, we know that public libraries will receive $45 million in additional one-time funding from the surplus, to be spent over 3 years.

Update! Read more about this funding in this March 24, 2023 Ministry of Municipal Affairs news release.

Thank you to library directors, trustees, staff, patrons, and all others who have worked so tirelessly to advocate for BC public libraries.


$8 Million in One-Time Provincial Funding for BC Public Libraries

One of BCLTA’s priorities is to advocate for public libraries with the BC Government, and we do that by working with ABCPLD, BCLTA, and the BC Libraries Coop as the BC Public Library Partners (BCPLP). We are pleased to share the following announcement…

In response to BC Public Library Partners’ (BCPLP) continued advocacy efforts, the BC Provincial Government, through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, has provided an investment of $8 million to public libraries in order to support Covid recovery and relief efforts.

Find out more about the $8 million in one-time public library funding

BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Recommends Increased Annual Funding for Public Libraries

Part of BCLTA’s mission is to advocate for public libraries, and your membership makes it possible for us to do this work. The BC Public Library Partners (made up of representatives from BCLA, BC Libraries Coop, BCLTA, and ABCPLD) presented to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services on June 7, asking the province to permanently increase annual funding for public libraries to $23 million in 2023, and commit to inflationary adjustments every year.

Find out about the recommendation made by the the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services