Library At The Dock

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

The Library at The Dock is a community hub enabling people to come together to create, explore, connect, belong, learn and participate. This library offers a collection to suit the needs of the local community, workers and visitors to Docklands.

In addition to the traditional library collection, there is a recording studio, creative editing suites, community spaces and a performance venue to hold up to 120 people. In addition, a gallery and exhibition space celebrates Docklands’ rich heritage.

Key Features:

  • Gallery space
  • 120-seat theatre space with retractable seating
  • Recording studio
  • A semi-outdoor terrace where you can play table tennis on artificial grass, and where louvred walls and roof can open up to the park view and the sky for natural ventilation
  • In the dedicated kids’ reading area there are child-scaled curving shelf units designed by the Clares and an interactive floor.
  • The building is constructed almost entirely of CLT, Cross Laminated Timber, which is 30 per cent lighter than traditional structures – a crucial feature given the library rests on a 75-year-old wharf. CLT also has a much lower carbon footprint.
  • A passive natural ventilation system supplemented by mechanical operable louvres on all four sides
  • 85 kW solar panels on the roof
  • Water harvesting for flushing toilets
  • Central skylights that act as ventilation chimneys
  • All furniture and fitout meets Green Star ratings

Funding Grants & Contributions:

  • City of Melbourne – $?
  • Places Victoria – $?
  • Lend Lease – $23 million

Library Details:

Library Name Library at The Dock
Organisation/ Council/ Shire Name Melbourne Library Service
Type of Build New Building
Architect or Designer Clare Design
Net Floor Area 3000m2
Total Cost of Project $26 million
Principal Contractor/Builder LendLease
Energy Rating 5 Star. Library at the Dock was awarded Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star Public Building Design PILOT rating
Carpet & Floor Finishings
Furniture & Fittings Jardan, Anibou, Interstudio, Zenith, Living Edge
Shelving Raeco
Signage Hive Creative
Fixed/Loose Joinery
RFID Technology  FE Technologies
AV Equipment
Awards & Recognition  2 NSW Architectural awards. Nominated for international Systematic – Public Library of the Year Award 2015