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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland Library on the move

12 July 2018

Portland’s Percy Street Library will close its doors to the public later this month ahead of the much anticipated opening of the redeveloped facility in Bentinck Street.

The Percy Street Library will be closed from 28th July to 3rd August while staff relocate premises. Library members will still able to access limited library services during this time, with the Library2Go van available for Wi-Fi access, returns and borrowings in Bentinck Street out the front of the newly refurbished library facility.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said a grand opening would take place following the relocation period to unveil the redeveloped Portland Library to the community.

"This is an exciting time for the Glenelg Shire as the finishing touches are made to the Portland Library, one of our most well-loved and well utilised public facilities," she said.

“To officially open our redeveloped Portland Library in Bentinck Street, we are inviting the community to come and enjoy the public opening celebrations on Saturday 4th August from 10am – 4pm. There will be markets, food stalls, giveaways, on the spot prizes and a range of family friendly entertainment including a photo booth, face-painting and a magician.

“All community members are welcome to attend this free event and individuals will also have the opportunity to sign up for a library membership on the day if they are not already a Glenelg Libraries member.

“I remind residents that during the relocation period there will be a number of options to access library services. They can visit the Library2Go Van in Bentinck Street, visit one of the neighbouring branches in Heywood or Casterton, or continue to access the online collection.”

Cr Rank thanked library members for their understanding during the redevelopment works.

“I thank the community for their patience over the past eight months during the temporary operations in Portland’s CBD,” she said.

“I look forward to welcoming new and existing members to the multi-purpose, all access library that can grow with our community, with technology and services which will service our residents and continue to build usage well into the future.”

The Portland Library redevelopment was partly funded through Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The funding will help revitalise the Portland Library with the creation of dedicated youth ‘chill out’ space, small group and study facilities, a history and research area and relocation of the children’s zone.

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