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Library upgrades

Answering your questions

What is happening at some of our libraries?

Hampton and Beaumaris libraries have undergone 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.

Hampton library will initially be open for its usual staffed trading hours, before piloting extended unstaffed trading hours, expected to launch late 2022.

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, expected to launch late 2022.

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.

Who is paying for the work?

We received two grants - a $92.5K Library COVID Recovery Project grant and $90K from a Living Libraries grant – to do the upgrades.

Council is matching the $182.5K Victorian Government grants to complete the works.