Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

Supporting Public Libraries

We often get requests from public libraries and their communities asking for our assistance with changes that are being directed by their council. 

We help public libraries by providing support through making a formal submission during formal consultations. In our submissions we focus on the best practice for public libraries, and attempt to balance the needs of the community with the best possible outcome for the library in question.

Whether the issues concerning you are your book budgets, lending fees, or matters of freedom of speech, LIANZA is here to provide support for library and information professionals.

We have attached three of our most recent submissions to the right side of this page - we were delighted with the outcomes of both the Ruapehu and Hurunui cases as both libraries were able to secure their budgets for the coming year. 

Unfortunately the submission to Christchurch City Council has been a little more complicated. We suggested that libraries be defined as sensitive sites, thereby limiting the sale of psychotropic substances in nearby businesses. We're still waiting  to see how Christchurch proceeds.

If you're concerned about how council decisions are affecting your local libraries, get in touch

It's our pleasure to provide you and your local library with support needed to get through the often complicated public consultation process. 



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