Bunjil Place Library officially opens its doors

Issued Friday 3 November 2017

Casey-Cardinia Libraries CEO Chris Buckingham, Judith Graley MP and Cr Wayne Smith officially open the Bunjil Place library
: Casey-Cardinia Libraries CEO Chris Buckingham, Judith Graley MP and Cr Wayne Smith officially open the Bunjil Place library.

Think libraries are a place where you have to be quiet and can only borrow books? Think again. Bunjil Place Library sets a new standard for contemporary and leading-edge library design and it’s now open for people to enjoy.

Victoria’s newest public library was today officially opened by City of Casey Cr Wayne Smith BJ JP and Ms Judith Graley MP, Member for Narre Warren South.

Bunjil Place Library is the new home of the Casey Cardinia Libraries Narre Warren branch and offers an amazing visitor experience that supports creativity, discovery and lifelong learning.

The three level Library is located at Bunjil Place, the new arts and entertainment hub in Melbourne’s south-east, and has been designed to deliver a first-class library experience that is interactive and accessible.

Features of the Library include:

  • An engaging, vibrant and playful children’s zone,
  • A living-room styled youth area with audio visual and gaming capability,
  • Amphitheatre,
  • Outdoor reading garden,
  • Six fully accessible community meeting rooms,
  • A six-metre-wide art display wall with feature lighting and audio-visual technology to showcase a variety of community artworks,
  • Capacity for a library collection of approximately 50,000 pieces, and
  • Free public wi-fi.

Cr Wayne Smith said on the day, “The traditional style, use and design of libraries has evolved to an interactive and social space where people are encouraged to meet, chat, learn and be inspired.

“Council couldn’t be prouder of this incredible space for our community and it’s wonderful to finally see our vision for a contemporary and modern Library realised.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz also added: “Bunjil Place is the cultural heart of Melbourne’s south-east and delivers an experience like no other in the region. I encourage everyone to come and visit the precinct, including the Library, and enjoy what it has to offer.”

Casey-Cardinia Libraries CEO Mr Chris Buckingham wants the local community to visit Bunjil Place Library and make it their own.

“Bunjil Place Library represents a new benchmark in public library design. The team at Casey-Cardinia Libraries are delighted to be bringing this beautiful space to life and creating visitor experiences that will engage and inspire our community,” said Mr Buckingham.

“Everyone is welcome to come and visit Bunjil Place Library. So many of the programs and services we offer are free. We want to share the space and help people discover what is possible in a contemporary public library.” he added.

The Bunjil Place Library was funded by the City of Casey with a $750,000 contribution from the Victorian Government.

Bunjil Place Library is located at Bunjil Place, Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren.

For more information visit the Casey Cardinia Libraries website or the Bunjil Place website.