March 3, 2019

$29 million Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub redevelopment underway

The Ivanhoe community will soon benefit from a major redevelopment of the much-loved Ivanhoe Library.

The Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub is supported by a $750,000 contribution from the Victorian Government’s 2017 Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund (LLIP).

The upgrade will provide an accessible community hub with room for more books and computers, an arts gallery, informal theatrette, café, maternal and child health consulting suites, 11 meeting and collaboration spaces along with quiet and comfortable places for reading and studying.

At the end of the  project the library and hub will be able to accommodate more visitors and accommodate a wider range of needs and interests.

The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program helps Victorian councils and regional library corporations upgrade and adapt to meet the needs of expanding and growing communities.

The Victorian Government has invested more than $18 million dollars into 59 projects through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, worth a collective $154 million.

Victoria is home to 275 permanent library branches and 30 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members.

Libraries are about so much more than books.  They contribute to the connections that strengthen and enrich Victorian communities.  They support a culture that values reading, learning and social connection.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek MP

“The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program supports public libraries to provide inclusive and safe spaces that help to develop strong and connected communities, support a reading culture and lifelong learning that ultimately improves our quality of life.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Banyule Anthony Carbines MP

“The Victorian Government’s $750,000 contribution to the Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub refurbishment will help provide the community with an even better space to meet, learn and play.”