Reforming dedicated state funding: The dynamic development of legislation in favour of local authority investment in regional libraries

Dedicated state funding for libraries –part of the general financing for the wider decentralisation project– is the principal means by which central government supports local authority investment in libraries. This funding underwent a thorough modernisation in 2009, receiving additional sources of funding to keep up with the changing needs of libraries. These include bringing buildings in line with current regulations such as provision of access for handicapped users, increasing digital collections, and so on. This in turn has made libraries more desirable community assets.