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For all those people who love the local library in Bendigo I thought I would share this latest media release from the CofGB council…but don’t forget there’s a lovely smaller branch at Kangaroo Flat!
“Bendigo LIBRARY IS ON THE MOVE
Bendigo Library will close its doors for three weeks from 1pm Saturday, August 25 to enable around 70,000 books, cds, DVDs and magazines to be relocated to the former Bendigo Advertiser building at 96-98 Pall Mall.
The former Advertiser building will remain the library’s temporary home from 9am Monday, September 17, until major refurbishment works at the current site are finished.
The Goldfields Research Centre and the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre will re-open at the former Tea House Bakery at 202 Hargreaves Street on Wednesday, September 19.
The City’s Director of Organisation Support, Marg Allan, said City and library staff had worked hard to limit any disruption, but it would have been unrealistic to try to keep services operating during the relocation.
She said the City had kept the community informed about the changes using posters, bookmarks, advertisements and regular project bulletins. Information had also been sent out with 53,385 rate notices.
“Our libraries recorded 579,279 visits last financial year and it is very important that we make sure users are well informed about what is happening and why,” Ms Allan said.
Goldfields Library Corporation CEO Carolyn Macvean said: “Relocating around 70,000 books, cds and DVDs plus furniture and fittings is a mammoth task and will take some time to complete. We are very confident though that the library will be open for business at its new temporary home on Monday, 17 September.”
Ms Macvean said the drop off shute would remain at the current site until September 19 when it would be relocated to 202 Hargreaves Street.
Ms Macvean also said that no items borrowed by the Bendigo library would be due back during the closure.
“Reserved items will be kept at the current site until we re-open in our temporary site or borrowers can request pick-up from other libraries including Kangaroo Flat or Eaglehawk,” she said.
The refurbishment has received significant State Government funding with $2 million from the Local Government Infrastructure Program and $750,000 from the Living Libraries Program.”