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Docklands library opens to the public

05 Jun 2014

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The new Library at the Dock received a warm welcome last month when hundreds of people attended its official opening.

The Docklands community streamed through the doors at the May 31 open day, keen to explore all three levels of the building they have watched grow since construction started in September, 2012.

Visitors were welcomed to the building by musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, tai-chi demonstrations and costumed creatures.

While some took part in the open day activities, including children’s entertainment, 3D-printing demonstrations, music production workshops, table tennis and dance performances, others were keen to check out the library collection and settle down in a harbour-side seat for a read.

The recently-named Buluk Park and, in particular its brand new children’s playground, were popular with visitors.

Premier Denis Napthine, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Lend Lease chairman David Crawford and Planning Minister Matthew Guy were on-hand for the formalities before the doors to the $23 million facility were opened.

Premier Napthine said the new library would act as a vital hub for the growing community.

“It will provide world-leading spaces for all members of the Docklands and wider community to learn, explore and enjoy,” he said.

Constructed from cross-laminated timber and recycled hardwood, the library has recently been rated with six-star green-star energy efficiency, making it Australia’s most sustainable public building, Mr Guy said.

Delivered by Places Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Lend Lease, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the building was the product of great minds and rare talent.

“We have delivered a world-class building, through a unique partnership, that will serve Melbourne for generations to come,” Cr Doyle said.

The Library at the Dock is located at 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade.

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