The civic and cultural heart of Melville
Planning is now underway for a new Library and Cultural Centre, which will see the existing Civic Library site become home to the City’s new cultural heart with state of the art library, local history museum, A-Class gallery, performing arts centre, café, retail and co-working spaces, amongst a range of other community services.
The new library and cultural centre is a significant project for the Melville community and an important investment in their wellbeing. The new facility will give the community an opportunity to connect and engage in one central space.
The cultural centre will be a public space that offers strong social benefits including a sense of connection and belonging, and is a safe and trusted, vibrant, accessible place that is inspiring and enriching.
The facility will specifically address many of the City’s Corporate Plan and Strategic Community Plan objectives.
The library and cultural centre will form part of the Melville City Centre area, and is proposed to be located in the area between the current City of Melville Civic Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre, replacing the current Civic Square Library.
During the development, library services will be relocating to a temporary home to ensure our patrons can continue to access the range of services and programs they currently enjoy. Sufficient notice will be given to library users when dates of the closure are confirmed.
The temporary library will be available in the City of Melville Civic Centre building and is an outcome of community consultation in which library users told the City they would like a temporary library in the same area during construction. Visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/civiclibrary for details of the commmunity consultation.
In 2017, the City again consulted with the community at the MERGE Festival on the new Library & Cultural Centre, where the community was asked what might be possible. Visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/arts-topic/merge-festival to read more.