Libraries celebrate historical and contemporary indigenous and western culture and heritage. East Arnhem Regional Council (EARC) delivers library and information services that aim to promote and facilitate the preservation of and access to the local indigenous heritage.
Spread across the region, services of the program range from fully operational Libraries that employ full time Community Library Officers, to a mobile or outreach services which integrate the sharing of knowledge and culture into Children & Family based programs.
Employing 8 Community Library Officers across East Arnhem, Libraries integrate with other services to provide public access computers, Knowledge Centres databases, access to eBooks and other modern technology.
Free access to internet is available for community members at EARC community libraries funded by the Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access (RIPIA) program.
Community Library Officer also work to deliver a range a small projects, working with community to teach and highlight the importance of literary and knowledge at early stages.
Projects such as ‘Born to Read’ and ‘Baby Board Books’ importantly work with community, developing publications that promote local languages at the same time as producing a locally driven book for the community to share.
East Arnhem Regional Council has 5 operational community libraries at Angurugu, Umbakumba, Ramingining, Milingimbi and Galiwin'ku as well as the Nhulunbuy Library which we took over management of in 2018.