The Belgrave Community Library will receive a much-needed refresh, after Council allocated $450,000 to upgrade the facility.
The funding matches the $450,000 received from the State Government’s Living Libraries Grant.
The upgrades will feature improved exterior spaces, a modern service desk and ‘zoned’ areas for study, home-based businesses, toddlers or adults who are just looking for a quiet space or social stimulation.
Lyster Ward Councillor, Mike Clarke, said the community would benefit greatly from an upgraded library.
“This is a great opportunity to turn the Belgrave Community Library into a more contemporary space for the community to visit.”
“As one of the most visited libraries within Yarra Ranges, it is being put under pressure from the increased usage and demand.
“The library hasn’t had a significant upgrade since its opening in 1997, so this upgrade will enable the delivery of a more modern library service.”
Library Service Chief Executive of Eastern Regional Libraries, Joseph Cullen, said that he was delighted with Council’s support for such a highly used and valued community asset.
Over 100,000 visits were made to the Belgrave Community Library in 2018/19, many of whom participated in the hundreds of events that it ran over that period.