Bendigo Library

Project Type: Refurbishment
Building Type: Standalone
Completed: 2014

The aim of the Bendigo Library redevelopment has been to expand community use and reactivate this important community and civic space. Some basic design principles have driven the redevelopment. It is a space that is inviting and inclusive; a place that is open and flexible and a building that is efficient and productive. There are informal, playful spaces where people will gather and socialise and beautifully appointed serious spaces that house our precious collections. The architecture assists users to find their way. The building spaces flow, and are linked by an internal street with views that open onto areas inviting people to explore and participate. The Library sits in within an historic civic precinct in the heart of Bendigo. A renewed building that complements its surrounds.

Key Features:

  • Large borrowing collection of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult books, magazines, audio, CDs, and DVDs
  • Latest multi-media and audio visual equipment
  • Goldfields Research Centre
  • Bendigo Regional Archives Centre
  • Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre
  • Café
  • 28 public internet computers

Funding Grants A Contributions:

  • There were a number of funding sources for the project with the largest contribution being made by the City of Greater Bendigo.
  • The State Government of Victoria provided $750,000 from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and $2 million from the Local Government Infrastructure Fund.
  • The Goldfields Library Corporation provided $1million and the Hugh DT Williamson Foundation provided a grant of $100,000.

Library Details:

Library Name Bendigo Library
Organisation/ Council/ Shire Name Goldfields Library Corporation
Type of Build Refurbishment
Architect or Designer MGS Architects, Joshua Wheeler, Eli Giannini
Net Floor Area 4,000 sqm
Total Cost of Project $9.12 million
Principal Contractor/Builder Contract Control Services
Energy Rating
Carpet & Floor Finishings
Furniture & Fittings
Fixed/Loose Joinery
RFID Technology
AV Equipment
Awards & Recognition Finalist in the 2014 Premier’s Design Awards and Won the AIA Victoria Regional Award 2014