Keilor Library’s outdoor learning lounge officially opened

Keilor Library has an incredible new outdoor learning lounge for the community to enjoy as we head into warmer spring days.

“We are thrilled to have such an excellent multi-purpose outdoor space in a beautiful parkland setting that will support a range of learning and recreational activities at Keilor Library,” said Brimbank Mayor Cr Jasmine Nguyen.

Officially opened on 27 October, this flexible outdoor space is an inviting area offering multiple seating, study, creative play, recreation and reading areas.

It has been designed and purpose-built to stimulate learning and enhance community health and wellbeing.

A new sensory garden includes plants, stone and wood features with the existing pine trees as the focal point. By using vacant parkland adjacent to the library, the community lounge has increased the space of the library by one-third.

The concept plan for the lounge was developed after extensive community consultation.

The outdoor space can be accessed externally and can be booked by local community groups who wish to use the lounge outside of Keilor Library’s opening hours.

Brimbank Council contributed $200,000 to deliver this project.

The Victorian Government contributed $100,000 from the Living Libraries Infrastructure program, which assists councils and regional libraries to provide high-quality, accessible facilities.

“Investment in flexible and accessible infrastructure is a priority to support people as they read, study, learn and meet together in our vibrant community,” said Cr Nguyen.

“We know that this amazing new outdoor lounge will be enjoyed by our residents for many years to come.”

In the 2021-2022 financial year, Brimbank Libraries had over 25,000 community members attend programs, with 108,960 library members and 1,198,381 items loaned.

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