About the program

The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program (LLIP) enables Victorian councils and regional library corporations to deliver new or renewed library infrastructure for their communities.

The program aims to enable councils to continue to provide library facilities that meet the needs of communities and, in doing so, support the role of libraries in strengthening communities and encouraging opportunities for community participation.

Funding is provided to support projects that deliver and demonstrate benefits for the community and/or aim to improve engagement and access to learning opportunities.

Funding is available through two categories: minor works, and major works.

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Bayside City Council – Sandringham Library Redevelopment - $700,000

The building that houses the Sandringham Library will be renovated and redesigned to deliver on the community’s request for more space for quiet study and children’s programs.  The library floor space is expected to increase from its current size of 492sqm to approximately 800sqm.

Borough of Queenscliffe – Queenscliff Cultural Hub – Library Redevelopment - $450,000

The project will incorporate the library into the Queenscliff Cultural Hub that will also include the Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre and the Queenscliffe Historical Museum to create an integrated information sharing environment in one multi-use space.

City of Casey – Cranbourne Library Upgrade - $51,000

This project will create a warm, accessible and inviting entrance and customer service area for community members to easily connect with library staff.  The refurbishment will create more floor space to enable innovative programming within the library.

City of Stonnington – Prahran Library Redevelopment - $750,000

The current library will be redeveloped to almost twice its size, delivering life-long learning, health and wellbeing outcomes for the rapidly growing community.  The Library is the centrepiece of a project to develop the wider Prahran Town Hall as a vibrant and activated community place.

Greater Shepparton City Council – Tatura Library Extension/Refurbishment - $600,000

The library will be extended, refurbished and upgraded to provide a new, highly visible, contemporary library for the community. The new library spaces will meet the current and future community needs and allow for extended programming and community use and access.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council – Kyneton Library Upgrade - $150,000

The library will be remodelled to improve the area leading to the entrance which will ensure the library is more welcoming and accessible.  The roof will undergo an upgrade as well as the heating and cooling system to make it a more comfortable community space.

Moreland City Council – Wheatsheaf Hub - $750,000

A new and contemporary library will be established delivering life-long learning, health and wellbeing, and social connectedness outcomes for the Glenroy community.  The library will be a central part of a new developed community hub designed to provide integrated and holistic services, and to better support the Glenroy community.

West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation – Foster Library Refurbishment - $69,000

This project will enable 24/7 access to library users providing sustainable library services to the Foster and surrounding communities.  It will also more than double the usable space of the library and provide enhanced multi-use ability.

West Wimmera Shire Council – Edenhope Community Hub and Library Upgrade - $600,000

A new community facility will be constructed which will include a library and public meeting rooms.  This will replace the existing library which is located in a small space attached to the Council offices.  This will eliminate the need to utilise the existing 1920s hall which is currently used to deliver library programs and community services.

Ararat Rural City Council – Outreach Van - $120,000

This project will upgrade the Ararat Rural City Council library outreach service by purchasing a new library van including fit-out. The ARCC service provides weekly library access to the Shire’s outlying rural communities.

Ballarat City Council – Ballarat Library of the Future - $500,000

The refurbishment of the Ballarat Library will increase public floor space of the library by approximately 600sqm and the develop the second storey for public use which will house the digital hub.  The main entrance will be relocated to interact with GovHub, Civic Hall and the CBD, children’s area will be expanded and upgrade to cater for story time and other programming for 100 people as well as a dedicated ‘discovery’ space for children.

Buloke Shire Council – Wycheproof Library - $240,000

The Wycheproof Community Resource Centre will be extended to create a purpose-built space to deliver the Buloke Library Service with improved access and allowances for new services to be implemented.

Central Goldfields Shire Council – Dunolly Library - $140,600

The Dunolly Library will provide the community and surrounds with a permanent library. The "Old Police Station" will be renovated, a ramp installed to allow access for all, removal of an internal wall to maximise space, recarpet, paint and provide shelving units and construct all abilities toilet facilities.

Greater Bendigo City Council – Kangaroo Flat - $400,000

An improved library service will be delivered for the community at a new highly-accessible location following expiration of the 40-year Lansell Square lease. The new site will provide larger flexible program spaces, areas for children and families, expanded room for IT and personal workers and potential for new local community focused partnerships.

Hindmarsh Shire Council – Jeparit/Rainbow Libraries - $300,000

This project will see the establishment of new Libraries in Jeparit and Rainbow through the redevelopment of existing Council owned buildings that will provide people of all demographics and abilities access to a broad range of literacy services and programs in refurbished community facilities.

Knox City Council – Knox Central Library - $450,000

The Knox Central Library will more than double in size by moving premises and redeveloping a larger, more central building. This will also increase the library's appeal/accessibility across all life stages due to the safer, more activated location within an entertainment precinct, offering scope for increased hours and broader service offering.

Nillumbik Shire Council – Diamond Valley Library - $500,000

This project will refurbish the existing dated library building which will include ensuring accessibility compliance, extending the children’s area, including a Tech Area, building a community meeting room, refurbishing the quiet study area, and, introducing co-working spaces. The project is a collaboration between Nillumbik Shire Council and Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Pyrenees Shire Council – Outreach Van - $120,000

The outreach library services to the Pyrenees Shire communities will be improved by purchasing a purpose-built mobile library van including fit-out.  The service currently visits Landsborough Resource Centre, Snake Valley Primary School and Lexton Rural Transaction Centre, and will provide the opportunity to expand the service to other communities in the Shire in the future.

South Gippsland Shire Council – Korumburra Library - $750,000

The Korumburra Community Hub Development is an integrated project of community services and will accommodate a new library, Milpara Community House, Senior Citizens, Historical Society, Rotary Club Art Collections and exhibition spaces.  The new library will incorporate a breakout zone/reading lounge, young adult area and youth games area, quiet study zone and internet and printing hub, new children’s area, computer lab and separate adult and youth books area.

Yarra Ranges Shire Council – Belgrave Library - $450,000

At the completion of this project, the Belgrave Library will have an increased flexibility of its current spaces and will be a contemporary future-proof library, whilst maintaining its traditional strengths. Upgrades will include the entrance way and foyer, service desk, meeting rooms, zoning of spaces & fixtures and fittings.

Yarriambiack Shire Council – Outreach Van - $120,000

A new Outreach Van will provide Community based Library options across the Yarriambiack Shire Council area. These options are driven by Community need and set up to provide better access to Library services for all age groups ensuring people live with literacy.

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For further information on the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, please contact:

Melissa Short, Program Officer
0434 780 150