Friday, March 1, 2024

$7m Ballarat library upgrade nears completion

A $7.48 million redevelopment and upgrade of Central Ballarat Library is almost complete, with staff beginning to shift around 75,000 library resources back into the Doveton Street facility. 

Building contractors, H Troon, have handed the facility back to the City of Ballarat Council, with only a few finishing touches still being made internally. These works include cladding of the new internal staircase, installation of the library self-check system and installation of the tiered seating in the Atrium. 

The Central Library will re-open to the public in mid-March.  

When the Central Ballarat Library re-opens, staff will be operating a reduced programming schedule for a few months to allow Library staff to fully set up at the new facility.  

Council contributed $6.98 million towards the redevelopment project, with the State Government funding $500,000 from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.   

Mayor, Des Hudson said it was exciting to see the project moving forward.  

“Once the Central Ballarat Library is complete and operational, we’ll be able to offer our community a bigger and more exciting library space,” he said.  

“While there will be some disruption to library services in Ballarat Central in the coming weeks, I’d encourage all community members to make the most of our other fantastic libraries across the municipality.”   

City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Des Hudson and Executive Manager Libraries and Lifelong Learning Jenny Fink in the new youth space in the Central Ballarat Library, which has almost finished undergoing redevelopment.

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