Wonthaggi Library On The Move


The opening of the Bass Coast Principal Library is one step closer with the handover of the new Murray Street building to Bass Coast Shire Council today.

Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said both Council and the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation were eagerly awaiting the move into the new building.

“TS Constructions have done a fantastic job on the refurbishment. The bigger space will allow for much better usage of the Library and we look forward to some new interesting and innovative programs, as well as integration with the Wonthaggi Genealogy Society,” Ms Mitchell said.

“It also meets the needs of all the various age groups that use the facility, with the addition of designated children’s and teenagers’ areas, which we’re very excited about.

 “The location of the Library in the shopping strip will also be much more accessible for our older and less able patrons.”

After 21 years at its current location, Wonthaggi Library staff will close the doors on their Watt Street building for the last time on Saturday, 7 December in preparation for their relocation to the new Bass Coast Principal Library.

The new location will be familiar to Wonthaggi residents as the former Target building, but Bass Coast Principal Librarian, Colin Waring, said they “won't recognise” the interior with its new fit-out that has been months in the making.

“We've really transformed the space,” Mr Waring said.

“There's a gaming area for teens to hang out and play video games, ample study-desks and small meeting rooms for those needing a quiet place to work, double the computers and a fantastic kids’ area that will give our programs room to grow.

 “We're thrilled about the new Library, as we know our community and members are too.

“We've had a special farewell afternoon tea to pay our respects to the old building which has served us for 21 years, but now we're all looking forward to getting into the bigger, better space on Murray Street.”

Mr Waring said he was also looking forward to the Library’s new partnership with the Genealogy Society.

The Library will be closed during the moving week, but it won't be quiet for staff with a suite of Story Time sessions for children to be held at the Wonthaggi Plaza and the Coffee Collective Cafe.

“Library items can still be returned during the week too although members will be pleased to know that they will get an extra week on library items that would normally fall due during the moving week,” Mr Waring said.

Staff will also be busy during the closure filling the shelves with the vast new range of books, DVDs, magazines and music CDs which have been purchased to fill the expanded shelf area.

“We'll be stocking the shelves and organising the space during the week of 9 to 13 December, ready for our Open Day celebration on Saturday, December 14 when the community will get to experience the first day of our extended Saturday opening hours.”