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Published on 15 April 2021

Council receives $1 million grant for new Bentleigh Library

Glen Eira City Council has been successful in securing a $1 million grant for the new Bentleigh Library.

Announced on 15 April 2021 by Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane MP and Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos MP, the grant has been made possible through the State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

Bentleigh Library was constructed in 1965 and further upgraded in recent years. It’s a popular library receiving more than 200,000 visitors annually and provides information, materials, services and programs for the community. However, it has now reached capacity, specifically in terms of space.

Glen Eira Mayor Cr Margaret Esakoff said today’s announcement is a great result for the Glen Eira community.

“Thanks to this generous contribution, Bentleigh Library will be transformed from an undersized, congested facility into a vibrant new civic centre, which will also be the new home for our Youth Services,” she said.

“The new Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub will include flexible multipurpose spaces that can be adapted to deliver a range of services, programs and events for young people, adults, and families through to senior citizens.”

The new Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub will feature:

  • flexible programming spaces;
  • independent study areas;
  • an expanded area to browse book collections;
  • support services and programs for youth;
  • a teen lounge;
  • a Changing Places facility for people with disabilities and their carers to use;
  • a fully equipped training room; and
  • a recording and editing suite.

The Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub is expected to be completed in mid-2022.

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