Works have commenced on the new Docklands Library and Community Centre, with the ambitious project set to deliver Australia's most modern library.
The project kicks off as new statistics show that the Melbourne Library Service is as popular as ever, with more than a million visits from Melburnians during the 2011-12 financial year.
Planning Minister, Matthew Guy joined Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and David Rolls, Head of Lend Lease’s Inner Urban Development, today to celebrate the commencement of works and to gift the first books for the library’s collection. Located at Dock Square where Bourke Street meets Collins Street, the next generation library and community centre is set to become the centre piece of Victoria Harbour’s new civic heart.
The library and community centre will offer an interactive learning environment and house a state-of-the-art digital collection, multi-purpose community spaces and a performance venue that will hold 120 people.
Connections to Docklands’ rich maritime heritage will be embraced and celebrated with facilities tailored to support local historical research and educational experiences.
Minister Guy said the library and community centre would be one of the first major community projects to be delivered under the recently launched Docklands Community and Place Plan.
“As a new and thriving suburb we will continue to see key community infrastructure, like the Docklands Library and Community Centre, delivered for the growing Docklands community.
“In the coming years this library and community centre will be joined by other key community buildings such as a place of worship and improved public open spaces. Together these community projects will position Docklands as a place for people,” Mr Guy said.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said that the library and community centre would provide a new focal point for the people of Docklands.
“We know that our libraries are as popular as ever, with the Melbourne Library Service welcoming 17,000 new members in the last financial year.
“The residents and workers of Docklands will have a first class library to visit and enjoy bringing together the old and the new. With everything from tablets to the classics of literature, the Docklands Library and Community Centre will have something for everyone,” Cr Doyle added.
Lend Lease’s David Rolls said that the design of the Docklands Library and Community Centre has been carefully considered to develop a robust and sustainable solution that will inspire the community over time.
“This place will further expand our vision for environmental excellence by creating one of Melbourne’s most sustainable civic landmarks,” Mr Rolls concluded.
The Docklands Library and Community Centre is due for completion in late 2013.
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