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Library upgrades

Please bear with us while we create great new spaces in our libraries.

Hampton Library is closed until late June.

Beaumaris Library is operating a limited Library Express service in the library foyer until early May. This includes click and collect, a small collection for browsing and programs/activities in the adjacent community halls.

Answering your questions

What is happening at some of our libraries?

Hampton and Beaumaris libraries are undergoing renovations to create great new spaces and improved library experiences.

We are introducing an extended hours library pilot program at Hampton; a contactless locker in Hurlingham Park pavilion and new smart bins for Hampton, Beaumaris and Brighton libraries.

Will there be library closures?

Yes. Hampton is closed from 27 March 2022 until late June.

Beaumaris is open for Library Express only from the foyer, (click and collect and a small browsing collection) from 4 April to early May. The Library Express will be open Monday – Friday from 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm on Saturdays in the foyer of the library. We will also have school holiday activities in the neighbouring Beaumaris Community Centre hall. 

The return chutes at Beaumaris and Hampton will be unavailable during the building works but items can be returned to Sandringham and Brighton. Library books from any library can also be returned to Beaumaris during the click and collect period in early April.

Sandringham and Brighton will remain open or you can visit our website for online borrowing.

What can library users look forward to?

Hampton - secure extended hours access to members.  Library members will have access to Hampton Library between 6am – 10pm seven days per week for the initial trial.

Increased floor space and new modern accessible shelving will be on wheels to allow for a more adaptable space for different community needs.

Beaumaris – the library will have a brand-new borrowing desk and chute, new round carpet in the Lounge zone, power and data points in the Flexible zone and new power services to the Study zone desks.

Brighton East - a state-of-the-art, self-service, contactless locker in Hurlingham Park pavilion will mean easy returns and collections for residents.

Brighton, Hampton and Beaumaris – the libraries will have smart bins which have software that reads and checks in items, meaning your returns are processed immediately, allowing you to borrow more straightaway.

Where can I go to borrow and return books during the closures?

Our Brighton and Sandringham libraries are open throughout the  temporary closures. Beaumaris also has a Library Express service with reduced hours from 4 April - early May. You can also use our online borrowing and reservation service. Visit our website for branch locations and opening hours.

Who is paying for the work?

We received two grants - a $90K Library COVID Recovery Project grant and $90K from a Living Libraries grant – to do the upgrades.

Council is matching the $180K Victorian Government grants to complete the works.