The Mansfield library is set for a major transformation, including new dedicated children’s and quiet study spaces thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced Mansfield Shire Council will receive more than $540,000 from the 2021 round of the Labor Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
The funding will help expand the library to make room for collections, as well as create new entranceway and meeting rooms.
The refurbishment will allow for expansion of community programs, events and classes, including popular children’s story times, the University of the Third Age classes and other community groups.
Since 2015 the Labor Government has invested more than $32.5 million into 95 Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $236.8 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans.
The 2021 round of the program is the biggest in its history, part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/2021.
Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane
“The Living Libraries program is making a real difference for communities across the state, delivering high-quality facilities and ensuring that all Victorians have access to a public library.”
“Investments like this help create local jobs for tradies and ongoing library staff. We’re investing in communities and local neighbourhoods because we understand the difference projects like these can make.”
Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“It’s great to see this investment for Mansfield, it’s going to transform our popular library and make it an even better place for everyone to enjoy.”