December 16, 2015

MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT GIVES SEBASTOPOL LIBRARY A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

A $600,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s Living Libraries program will enable Sebastopol Library to open more often, with increased space and improved facilities as part of a major redevelopment.

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.

“Victorians value our strong literary tradition, both in the cities and the regions.

“It’s often in our local libraries that children develop a love of books that builds the foundations for lifelong learning.

“In partnership with the City of Ballarat, this expansion will indeed make Sebastopol Library come alive – providing free access to information for people of all ages.

“I’m pleased that the Andrews Labor Government has been able to provide the funds needed to provide a much better and extended library experience for the local community.”

The project is due to be completed in 2017.

The Andrews Government supports high quality public library services through the Public Libraries Funding Program, Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund.

Libraries in Victoria – Fast Facts

  • Victoria is home to 272 permanent library branches and 29 mobile library services.
  • There were more than 46 million items loaned from Victorian libraries in the 2014-15 financial year, with more than seven million WI-FI and PC bookings. 
  • Nearly two million people attend programs provided by library services across the state.