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Melville City Centre - Library and Cultural Centre

Melville City Centre

We have a bold vision of a future Melville City Centre that will see our current civic library site transformed into an exciting new library and cultural centre.

The future Melville City Centre will be a place for people to gather and connect, experience culture, arts, events, entertainment and excellent dining, and will be a place to enjoy and celebrate with friends and family.

With expansion plans for Westfield Booragoon now open for community consultation via the State Development Assessment Unit, the City  will work with Architects Christou Design Group to develop an updated design and business case for the proposed library and cultural centre in response.

Our civic and cultural heart

The proposed library and cultural centre, at the heart of the new City centre will respond to our community’s aspirations, identified in our Strategic Community Plan: People, Places, and Participation 2016-2020, and will contribute significantly to our City's cultural vitality, giving our community a stronger sense of place and belonging and a cultural identity that will be unique to Melville.

The Library and Cultural Centre is also a key catalyst in the City’s Culture Plan – Creative Melville 2018-2022 which was informed by a unique community consultation event-  2017 MERGE Festival - which over 16,000 people experienced. Our residents generated over 2,100 ideas at MERGE about what they would like to see in the future Melville City Centre.


The library and cultural centre

The City has a long term vision to support cultural vitality through an investment in Arts, Culture, History, Literature and Learning across our City.

The future library and cultural centre is a significant project for the Melville community and an important investment in their wellbeing.

The cultural centre will be a public space that will offers strong social benefits including a sense of connection and belonging, and community new opportunities to connect and engage in one central space.A space that is safe and trusted, vibrant, accessible,  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

  • To develop an iconic facility with its own identity
  • To provide a place for people within a mixed use precinct of retail commercial and residential
  • To have active street frontages and mirror the precinct with extended hours

Community consultation

In 2017, more than 16,000 people came along to our MERGE festival, a family-friendly festival of possibilities which marked the start of extensive engagement on the new Melville City Centre.

The community generated more than 2,100 ideas about what they would like to see in the future City Centre, with the proposed library and cultural centre becoming a key catalyst in our cultural plan, Creative Melville 2018-2022.

Merge Festival
  • MERGE was an innovative engagement exercise where the City Centre precinct was turned into a festival of possibilities.
  • We asked residents and visitors what they would like to see themselves doing in the future space.
  • The Festival allowed people to expand their thinking to what could be possible in a future City Centre and generate more ideas.
  • There were over 16,000 attendees who experienced and re-imagined the space.
  • The Festival questioned existing norms by pushing the traditional library outside, converting the existing library building into an up late Jazz Bar, converging the arts, museums and library into a festival that allowed our community to dream about what would be possible in a future space.
  • Over 2,100 community ideas were generated on the day.
Merge Festival Lights

Westfield Booragoon

An important project related to the future Melville City Centre is the redevelopment of Westfield Booragoon shopping centre, which will seamlessly connect with the future library and cultural centre.

Community Consultation

Proposed expansion plans for the redevelopment of Westfield Booragoon opened for community consultation on Thursday, 18 November, 2021.

The $500 million development application proposes a shopping centre expansion, including additional retail and commercial tenancies, an outdoor dining and entertainment precinct, and additional parking.

Community consultation is open from Thursday, 18 November until Thursday, 16 December 2021.


When will construction works for the new library and cultural centre begin?

An important project related to the future Melville City Centre is the redevelopment of Westfield Booragoon shopping centre, which will seamlessly connect with the future library and cultural centre. With expansion plans currently lodged by Westfield Booragoon and open for community consultation until 16 December 2021, a decision regarding the development application from the Significant Development Assessment is anticipated by March or April 2022. Following this the City will be able to plan accordingly.

Will I have to find another library during redevelopment of the site?

A temporary library is planned to open in the foyer of the City of Melville Civic Centre.  The temporary library is anticipated to provide a boutique collection of books, magazines, newspapers and audio.  Returns and checkout facilities, some reading/study spaces, public computers and wifi will also be available.  With planning and design still in the early stages, final services and operating hours will be confirmed at a later date.

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