Have your say on Diamond Valley Library upgrade

Published on 06 August 2020

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The Diamond Valley Library is set to undergo a major upgrade and we want to hear your thoughts on the draft designs.

The $850,000 upgrade to the library in Civic Drive Greensborough is funded through the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, Nillumbik Shire Council and the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service.

Since the library was first built in 1984, there have been significant global changes in how libraries are used and the use of technology, as well as changing local community needs.

The upgrade will create a series of zones within the library including:

• An expanded kids’ zone with a new parents’ room, pram and bag storage.

• A co-working zone for micro businesses with a meeting pod and personal study areas.

• Community zone featuring a community meeting room with kitchen facilities, and multi-use area with seating for up to 80 people.

• Book Express zone at the entrance with an information desk and Top 10 book displays.

• Pop-up café and outside decking area.

• Accessible unisex toilets.

Mayor Karen Egan said the upgrade would modernise the library and enable it to better serve the community.

“Our libraries are a much-loved community resource in Nillumbik and this upgrade will deliver them an improved and more modern service,” Cr Egan said.

“Modern libraries are about more than books, important as they still remain. They are a place to where those of all ages and backgrounds can collaborate as well as access information and knowledge through the use of new technology. This upgrade means we will be able to offer these invaluable additional services and benefits to our community.”

Blue Lake Ward Councillor Grant Brooker said the draft designs reflected changing community needs.

“The expanded children’s area will cater to the growing number of families using the library and the co-working space will provide much needed meeting and collaboration areas for the many micro businesses in Nillumbik. I look forward to hearing what the community has to say,” Cr Brooker said.

The designs are now available to view and provide comment on at Council’s Participate Nillumbik website.

Feedback closes on Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Diamond Valley Library is currently closed, but a great range of online services are available at the YPRL website.