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MEDIA RELEASE - New youth space a highlight of library redevelopment

9 June 2017

Teenage book lovers will soon be able to enjoy reading their favourite book in a new inviting library space as part of a redevelopment of the Glenelg Libraries.

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced the $300,000 redevelopment of the Portland Library through the current round of the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

The Glenelg Shire Council will also contribute $100,000 to the project which will see the Portland Library expanded and refurbished to better accommodate services for library members.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank welcomed the funding investment that will have significant and long lasting benefits, especially for younger library members.

“We are excited to be able to enhance the Portland Library’s suite of resources and services to our growing community, as well as adapting the building for future needs and functions,” Cr Rank said.

“This funding will be used to revitalise the Portland Library and improve the building for all users, with an extension to be made on the existing building.

“This redevelopment will include relocating the children’s collection, creating a dedicated youth ‘chill out’ area, establishing small group and study facilities, providing support and space for start-up businesses and creating a history and research area.

“The new youth space is particularly exciting, it will be a modern, teenage-only zone, offering young adults a safe and welcoming space to study, read and relax.

“This area will also assist in the provision of programs for teens including study support, reading groups and tutorial opportunities.

“The Portland Library is one of the few free, multifunctional community spaces available for residents and this redevelopment project will allow council to continue to meet the emerging needs of the shire.”

The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program provides assistance to councils and regional library services to refurbish and modernise library buildings and upgrade or replace mobile libraries.

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