Improved Technology Coming to Mississauga’s Public Libraries
Ontario is helping libraries across the province offer access to more technology in their communities, such as wireless internet connections, new computers, and e-books, as well as classes on topics like social media and computer literacy.
The province is celebrating Public Library Week with new funding for a number of libraries including, the Mississauga Public Library Board which receiving $76,034.
The province is providing $2.5 million across Ontario as part of a $10-million investment over three years, through the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund.
This funding helps increase access to technology for communities, and gets more people engaged in reading and learning at their local library.
“Our libraries provide accessible services to the people of Mississauga. This investment will help Mississauga’s libraries] make services even better and continue to enrich people’s lives right here in our own community, said Dipika Damerla, MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville
The new technology enhancements coming to local libraries could include:
- New hardware and software, including computers, tablets, 3D printers, music recording equipment, video conference equipment, computerized white boards, and technology to support people with disabilities
- Updated digital collections, like e-books and audio books
- Website development, to help make library websites more user-friendly
- Internet improvements, like wireless access for the public and faster connections.
The funding also supports public training on topics like social media, internet use for beginners and computer literacy. Libraries will determine how their funding will be used, based on their specific local needs.
This investment builds on a commitment in Ontario’s first ever Culture Strategy to support Ontario’s public and First Nation libraries as essential spaces for access to cultural experiences, technology and community life.
Investing in Ontario’s public libraries is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Our libraries provide accessible services to the people of Mississauga. This investment will help Mississauga’s libraries] make services even better and continue to enrich people’s lives right here in our own community.”
— Dipika Damerla, MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville
“Public libraries are an important resource for people of all ages; they offer high-quality programs and services that have a positive impact on Ontarians across the province. By improving access to digital and IT resources, we are helping libraries evolve with technology, which is essential in today’s knowledge economy.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
““Technology grants from the province have enabled the Mississauga Library System to grow our programs each year. In particular, Maker Mississauga was started as a result of provincial funding in 2013 and last year had more than 10,000 participants. We greatly appreciate the continued support of the province. It’s made a difference and will help our staff continue bringing digital literacy and learning opportunities to life for our entire community.”
— Val Ohori, Chair, Mississauga Public Library Board
§ Mississauga is receiving $76,034 for the local Mississauga Public Library Board. The province is providing $2.5 million across Ontario as part of a $10-million investment over three years, through the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund.
§ In addition to helping libraries improve digital and IT services, the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund supported 10 new research and innovation projects.
§ There are more than 1,100 public libraries across Ontario, with almost 70 million in-person visits each year.
§ Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested more than $545 million in public and First Nation libraries.
§ Ontario Public Library Week was first announced by the province in 1985. This year, it takes place fromOctober 16-22.
§ This investment aligns with the government’s commitment to support community hubs and help Ontarians in their everyday lives by making it easy to access multiple services under one roof within their communities.