Craigieburn Library

Project Type: New Building
Building Type: Standalone
Completed: 2014

Hume Global Learning Centre is home to the Craigieburn Library, a café, gallery, occasional childcare facilities and Council’s Craigieburn Customer Service Centre on the ground level, and a conference and training centre level one. Craigieburn Library offers the growing local community a space to learn, share knowledge and inspire creativity.

The contemporary building features iconic architectural design with facilities including IT training rooms, small to medium sized meeting rooms, as well as a large multipurpose room equipped with the latest audio visual presentation equipment.

Key Features:

  • The building illustrates Hume’s ethos as a library service (supported by council and EMT) — global learning centre
  • Double story heights
  • Multi-versity space
  • Light & shade emphasised
  • Sustainability- The library is growing out of the earth ( example, rammed earth walls)
  • Custom made magazine racks and picture book shelving
  • The shelving in the children’s space is curved like a maze, books face outward and are easy to grab — children’s space also has an amphitheatre for programming and a full fenced in outdoor space

Funding Grants & Contributions:

  • Federal Gov’t Funding during GFC (2009) – majority of funds
  • Local council
  • State Government (around $500,000)

Library Details:

Library Name Craigieburn Library
Organisation/ Council/ Shire Name  Hume
Type of Build New Building
Architect or Designer FJMT – Francis-Jones Morehan Thorp
Net Floor Area 1072 sqm
Total Cost of Project $20 million
Principal Contractor/Builder Watpac
Energy Rating 5 Star
Carpet & Floor Finishings
Furniture & Fittings K5 – high quality, beautiful furniture, but not industrial grade, expensive and have required replacement during the 3 years
Shelving Resource Furniture – custom designed magazine rack and picture book bins (really great transparent shelving)
Fixed/Loose Joinery
Lighting FJMT – did lighting and a lot of furnishing, but ran it by them through proposals
RFID Technology FE Technologies
AV Equipment
Awards & Recognition 2014 Inaugural International Public Library of the Year from Danish Agency for Culture — announced at IFLA conference (particularly for the use of rammed earth walls, light/shade)