Brighton Library will undergo a $1.2 million refurbishment funded by Bayside City Council and the Victorian State Government.
The Library interior will be remodelled to create flexible study spaces, quiet reading areas, an upgraded meeting room and an accessible program space.
Bayside City Council Mayor, Councillor Alex del Porto said the refurbishment would help cater to the changing needs of the community.
“The way our community uses libraries has changed, particularly since the introduction of Wi-Fi. Bayside residents have high mobile device ownership with many home based workers or students bringing their own devices to the library. As a result, quiet study space is often at a premium.
“Recent community feedback ranked study and work spaces as the most popular Library service after books and the children’s program. The refurbishment will help us to cater to this demand.”
The refurbishment will also improve accessibility for people with disabilities, in particular replacing and lowering all shelving to make it easier to access the book collection.
The State Government’s contribution of $315,000 is being made via its Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
The Brighton Library upgrade will start immediately with completion scheduled for the end of 2017.