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.
$10,000 – $150,000
$150,001 – $750,000
*dependant on funding co-contributions as outlined in Table 1 in the guidelines
Who can apply for funding
All Victorian councils and regional library corporations are eligible to apply for funding.
Councils and regional library corporations that have not previously received funding through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, or have received limited funding from the program are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to apply
Applications to the 2018 funding round closed on 14 June 2018.
2018 Program guidelines
2018 Funding round – successful projects
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.
For further information on the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, please contact:
Melissa Short, Program Officer
03 9948 8515