Opening date set for Biyal-a Armstrong Creek Library

July 11, 2024 BY

The Biyal-a Armstrong Creek Library, seen here in February, is nearly complete. Photo: ABBY PARDEW

THE Geelong region’s newest library will be open in three weeks, with the City of Greater Geelong today (Thursday, July 11) confirming a final completion date for the facility.

The Geelong Regional Library Corporation in on track to complete the fitout of the three-storey library this month, including stocking more than 30,000 new books and resources, after builders Nicholson Construction finished work in May.

The public opening on August 1 will be preceded by an official opening ceremony on July 25.

Located in the Armstrong Creek Town Centre precinct, the $21.864 million Biyal-a Armstrong Creek Library was jointly funded by the city ($20.364 million) and the Victorian government via a Living Libraries grant ($1.5 million).

Alongside an extensive collection, the library will also feature a children’s story time area, outdoor terraces and multipurpose and creative spaces – including media studio and maker space.

Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan said he could not wait to see the library open.

“The building is so distinctive from the outside and it’s looking amazing inside too.

“We know the love the community has for our local libraries and this building is going to be a real focal point for Armstrong Creek residents. It’s very exciting to have the opening now so close.”

Minister for Local Government Melissa Horne welcomed the opening date.

“The Allan Labor Government has invested in over 120 library infrastructure projects over the last eight years, ensuring more Victorians can access library services across the state,” she said.

“This new library will provide important services and spaces for the Armstrong Creek community.”

Geelong Regional Libraries chief executive officer Vanessa Schernickau said libraries were an integral part of healthy local communities.

“The beautiful new Biyal-a Armstrong Creek Library will be an asset to all members of the community, young, old and in between.

““There is a huge amount of work happening behind the scenes ahead of opening day – the library will be stocked with approximately 32,000 new resources for the community – our team is currently working through unpacking around 20 pallets of books.

“We’re grateful to the City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian Government for their support, and look forward to opening the doors to the community soon.”

The building was designed by Buchan Architects, who worked with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners to create a ‘living water’ narrative.

The city officially named it the Biyal-a Armstrong Creek Library in April 2023.

“Biyal-a” (pronounced be-al-a) is a Wadawurrung expression reflecting the Armstrong Creek valleyscape and its watercourse as a place of many red gums.

The facility will carry a 5-Star Green Star design and construction rating.



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