Published on 01 September 2022

Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub

Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub is complete! Bentleigh Library has been transformed into a new community centre that integrates Council’s Library and Youth Services. It will be officially opened to the public on Wednesday 26 October at 10am.

Project snapshot

Status: Completed
Budget: $6.2M
Timeline: Open to the public on Wednesday 26 October 2022

The new Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub features:

  • 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.

Updates regarding the opening will be made over the coming month so keep an eye out on Council’s website and socials for all the details.

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

McKinnon Library and Youth Services

During the development of the Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub the community has been able to access Library and Youth services at our temporary location at 169A McKinnon Road, McKinnon (next to McKinnon Station).

McKinnon Library and Youth Services temporary location at 169A McKinnon Road, McKinnon has now closed.

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

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