Mitchell Shire Council’s customer and library service centre at Broadford is now closed until the end of June to undergo a refurbishment.

The council is partnering with the State Government to complete a refurbishment and redesign of the library.

The $162,000 project is funded by the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and Local Libraries Priority Program ($92,000) and Mitchell Shire Council ($70,000).

The refurbishment and redesign will include a revised layout and creation of a user-friendly, inviting, and accessible front counter improving interaction with the community.

It will also include enhanced acoustic treatments, additional technology, modern accessible shelving and furniture, allowing for more flexible use of the space.

Part of the library’s front wall will be replaced with glass doors, allowing direct access from the library to the outdoor courtyard, which will be fenced off, to expand the library footprint.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said council were excited to see the refurbishment and redesign going ahead

“It will make the library a lighter, more welcoming place that’s ready to serve a rapidly growing, diverse community with increasing numbers of young families,” he said.

“We understand this project will be an inconvenience to people who use the service but it’s important we get this done to modernise the facility.”

Customer services and library activities will not be available at the centre during the project. However, a customer and library services officer will be available at the Broadford Living and Learning Centre, the former bush nursing hospital, at the corner of High and Short streets, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday during the closure.

Holds can be placed on books and can be collected from Broadford Living and Learning Centre. Payment of rates can be completed at Australia Post Broadford, or by calling council on 5734 6200.

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