Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Broadford’s popular library will be fully refurbished and redesigned thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has announced Mitchell Shire Council will receive $75,000 from the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

The funding will completely redesign the library, creating new space for children’s programs and activities, more computers, more accessible shelves and a meeting space.

The refurbishment will make the library a lighter, more welcoming place, ready to serve a rapidly growing, diverse community with increasing numbers of young families.

Since 2015 the Victorian Government has invested more than $32.5 million into 95 Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $236.8 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans.

The 2021 round of the program is the biggest in its history, part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the 2020-2021 Victorian Budget.

Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state.

For more information on Living Libraries and this year’s successful applications visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane

“The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program makes a real difference for communities across the state, delivering high-quality library facilities and ensuring that all Victorians have access to a public library.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“It’s great to see this investment in Broadford Library’s refurbishment to help make it an even better place for everyone in our community to enjoy.”

“Mitchell Shire’s libraries are a much-loved part of our community and they’re about so much more than books. Through this project even more local people will be able to access all the great services they provide.”