Mill Park Library has reopened after an 11-week renovation which has transformed the striking building into a modern and comfortable library for the community.
The library now offers more spaces for the community to meet, study, relax and work with a significant increase in number of seats and tables for use. The layout and furniture was designed to be flexible, to ensure the library can adapt to changing community needs, including the introduction of a new bookable meeting space.
The children’s area was enlarged to better cater for the City of Whittlesea’s growing families population. The bright kids area now includes a cubby house, Storytimes stage and breastfeeding nook as well as the hundreds of picture books available for browsing and borrowing.
Chancez Café run by Araluen was made a permanent feature of the library and looks fabulous situated among the magazine collection.
The café will be open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.30pm.
A large outdoor deck was built at the back of the library to extend the space available. Look out for the beautiful handmade furniture crafted by the Diamond Creek Men’s Shed and sponsored by Araluen.
The Library has also introduced Book Express, a new collection to help connect members with their next great read.
Book Express is located at the front of the library on shelves designed for browsing, with the best, newest and most popular fiction and non-fiction titles available for immediate borrowing. Find out more about Book Express.
The renovation also included an upgrade of the facilities including an acoustic treatment to manage noise, new carpet and paint, replacement of all furniture, and improved amenities of the parent’s room. Additionally all new PCs were installed and there are increased charging outlets for those who bring their own devices.
The improved design, lovely onsite café and amenities in the library will make it easier to linger longer in the library!
The funding for the renovation was provided by City of Whittlesea and the State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.