The Andrews Labor Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced library funding for Greater Dandenong to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids.

City of Greater Dandenong received a total of $975,636 to continue to deliver the important library services the community needs.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $42.5 million for the Public Libraries Funding Program — a 2.5% increase from last year.

The funding comes on top of the $4.5 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries across the state.

The Labor Government is also providing $4.4 million over four years for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, so public libraries can purchase materials to get more kids reading.

Victoria is home to 275 permanent library branches and 30 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state.

On average, just under one in five Victorians visit their local library in Victoria.