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Published on 12 April 2021

Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub

Bentleigh Library will be transformed into a new community centre that integrates Council’s Youth Services.

Project snapshot

Status: Under construction
Budget: $6.2M
Timeline: Completion anticipated July 2022

Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub development is underway.

Council’s latest investment in future-ready community facilities has commenced construction.

Bentleigh Library will be transformed into a new community centre that integrates Council’s Youth Services and will provide new multipurpose spaces that can be adapted to deliver a range of 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
  • expanded area to browse book collections
  • a pedestrian plaza and play space at the entrance to the building
  • support services and programs for youth
  • a teen lounge
  • a light-filled courtyard
  • improved amenities
  • a ‘Changing Places’ facility for people with disabilities and their carers to use
  • children's reading nooks
  • a fully equipped training room
  • a recording and editing suite.

The Victorian Government, through their Community Infrastructure Loans Scheme, has provided Council with a $5 million loan to assist with the $6.2 million project cost. The Government Scheme supports the delivery of community infrastructure by providing councils with access to low-interest subsidised loans.

Council has also been provided with a $1 million grant through the Victorian Government’s “Living Libraries Infrastructure Program”

Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub | view from front | Artist impression

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