New chapter for the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Media Release

WT387/2015

20 November 2015

Joint release with:

Darryn Lyons

City of Greater Geelong Mayor

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Doors will open to public library users for the first time tomorrow at the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. The centre is a spectacular building with six public levels, exceptional services and more than 100,000 print, multimedia and heritage items for the public to access.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had provided $10 million towards the $45.5 million library project.

“Geelong's previous library was small and outdated, and there was a clear need to update the space. Today, the community can enjoy the new library and the quality resources it will provide,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who opened the library, said an important part of the new library was the heritage centre, which reflects the region's heritage and history.

“This is wonderful and inspiring building which will become a major hub for learning and innovation,” Ms Henderson said.

“Visitors to the library will have access to the heritage centre, community spaces equipped with high-end audio visual facilities and powerful, free WiFi.”

City of Greater Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons said the project was a good example of all levels of government working together for real community outcomes.

“The City of Greater Geelong provided $20.5 million to the library project and the Victorian Government $15 million, along with the Australian Government's $10 million. Congratulations to everyone for their efforts in the design and construction of this unique community building,” Cr Lyons said.

The Geelong Regional Library Corporation is online at www.grlc.vic.gov.au/.