THE Sebastopol Library is temporarily closed for a $2.95 million redevelopment.
The Sebastopol Library Redevelopment Project will see the ageing Albert Street building transformed into a vibrant community hub with provisions for cultural, learning and recreational programs.
The Sebastopol Library Redevelopment is funded through a $600,000 contribution from the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Program and $2.35 million from the City of Ballarat.
Features of the newly redeveloped library will include: •Increased opening hours •Increased library floor space •Upgraded public toilet facilities located inside the building (current toilet facilities are located outside) •Meeting room space, with out-of-hours availabilities •Upgraded technology room and facilities •Increased children’s collection and activity space located adjacent to children’s playground facility •Inclusion of a dedicated young adult space •More areas to sit and gather •New furniture and relocatable shelving on wheels •Out-of-hours returns chute directly into a dedicated sorting room •An additional rear accessible entrance adjacent to car parking to provide a safer option for library users to access the facility •Upgraded staff facilities The new library is expected to open in mid-2018.
During this time community members can access the Wendouree and Ballarat libraries, as well as the Library Outreach locations.
Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard announced state government funding toward a $2 million expansion that will triple floor space, improve amenities, increase the children’s collection and extend opening hours from 15.5 hours to 41 hours per week.
“I am glad that people living in the Sebastopol area will soon have their library significantly upgraded and modernised,” Mr Howard said.
“Libraries are vitally important to strengthening local communities. The resources that are available can open up the world to people through books, IT access, and meeting spaces that provide a place to connect. The new library is expected to open in mid2018.