As gateways to knowledge and culture, libraries play a fundamental role in society. The resources and services we offer create opportunities for learning, support literacy and education, and help shape the new ideas and perspectives that are central to a creative and innovative society. We also help ensure an authentic record of knowledge created and accumulated by past generations.

Libraries represent different things to different people – from a place where mothers can take toddlers to read their first stories and students can study, to a service allowing anyone to borrow a book, access the Internet or do research. Quite simply, libraries offer a means by which we can gain access to knowledge.