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New Jersey allocates $ 37 million for library projects


New Jersey has nearly $ 37.2 million in funding for 36 library projects in 13 counties across the state.

The money comes from the Library Construction Bond Act (LCBA), which New Jersey voters approved in 2017. The LCBA approved $ 125 million government bonds for library projects, including technology updates and building improvements.

“New Jersey public libraries are constantly evolving to meet a wider range of community needs,” Merodie Hancock, president of Thomas Edison State University, said in a statement. “From workplaces and people development to digital literacy and community building, they ensure all New Jersey residents have access to the most essential tools of the 21st century.”

State lawmakers must approve the list, and in a press release, Governor Phil Murphy indicated that he will sign it once they do. As part of the first funding round, which was announced in January 2020, the state provided 87.5 million US dollars.

“The new and renovated buildings supported by the Bond Act will benefit New Jersey residents for years to come with safe, healthy spaces and cutting-edge technology available to all,” said Jennifer Nelson, State Librarian of New Jersey, in a notice. “When we improve our libraries, we improve our communities and the lives of the residents.”

LCBA funding covers half the cost of a library project, and local governments are responsible for contributing the rest of the money.


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