Murrayville residents invited to give feedback on library location

Published on 16 February 2018

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Murrayville residents have a chance to shape the future of their new library service by identifying where they would prefer it to be located.

About 40 residents met with Council in Murrayville on Tuesday to discuss how the new library service would be delivered and three possible locations.

The move to a place-based library at Murrayville instead of the current Mobile Library visits each Wednesday is one of the outcomes of Council’s comprehensive library services review, which will not only produce cost-savings for rate-payers, but a better library service.

Under plans discussed with residents this week, the new place-based library will be staffed for up to eight hours a week and provide community access 24-hours a day, seven days a week. This represents a significant increase in access compared to the existing 4.5 hours a week.

Councillor for Arts and Culture Jason Modica said the library would be based in a large relocatable building to be permanently established at one of three locations:

  • Pioneer Park, on the corner of Reed and Gray Streets
  • Murrayville Swimming Pool site in Reed Street
  • Murrayville Multipurpose Centre, Gray Street.

Cr Modica said the final decision on the location would be made after considering the feedback received during consultation with Murrayville residents, including through an online poll on Council’s Facebook page, which will go up this week to give residents who were not able to attend the information session the opportunity to have their say.

“There was a fantastic response from the community to this week’s meeting, which shows the importance Murrayville residents place on their library service,” he said.

Cr Modica said Murrayville’s new library would feature a permanent collection of about 4000 items as well as access to Council’s statewide collection. He said it would also offer programs including kindergarten and school visits and public WiFi and computer access.

“We’re now keen to hear from residents to get their feedback on what we have planned and where they think the library should be based,” he said.

Feedback can be sent to Council’s Library Service Manager Sue Kelly by calling (03) 5018 8350 or emailing Alternatively, residents can participate in the online poll on our Facebook page. Feedback and comments will be taken until Friday 23 February.


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