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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland Library Relocation

23 October 2017

The Portland Library is preparing for a move into a new CBD home to make way for a major redevelopment at its current site which is due to begin next month.

State Government funding of $300,000 and co contribution of Council funds will see the redevelopment include a refurbishment of the front counter, new meeting spaces, redesign of staff space, and creation of a dedicated space for creative play and programming for children, and teen chill out area.

Glenelg Shire Council endorsed a nine month lease agreement for rental of 56 Percy Street, Portland – the former Chicken Feed premises – in the McIntyre Arcade complex which will become a temporary home for the library during the construction phase.

The current Portland Library at 32 Bentinck Street, Portland will be closed from Thursday 2 November – Sunday 5 November and will reopen at 56 Percy Street on Monday 6 November.

Glenelg Libraries manager Yvette Parker said the full suite of library services would still be available from the temporary CBD location.

“All library services will be available from the site, although there will be some limitations with reduced computer access.

“However, our library users can still request the latest book, or join in any of the children’s and adult activities offered.”

Ms Parker said the CBD location was fully accessible with free parking options on Saturday mornings and unmetered parking nearby.

“Council is still seeking community input to help ensure the Portland Library redevelopment meets user expectations,” Ms Parker said.

To view the Portland Library redevelopment plans or to submit your feedback online, please visit the Your Say Glenelg website at

The redevelopment plans are also available for viewing in the foyer at the Portland Library at 32 Bentinck Street.

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