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Bunjil Place Library
Narre Warren, VIC
New build or refurbishment: New Build
Budget: $125 million
Architect: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp Pty Ltd (fjmt)
Project Completed: 27/10/2017
City of Casey is one of the nation’s fastest growing, most diverse municipalities. Diversity is experienced in complex ways including cultural, religious, social, economic, generational and functional. In 2016, 31% came from countries where English was not their first language. Eight areas within the City of Casey sit below the Australian average on the 2016 SEIFA index: Doveton Eumemmerring experiencing the highest level of disadvantage; seventeen areas are placed above the average.
Casey Cardinia Libraries operates a regional library service, offering seven branches and one mobile library. Bunjil Place Library is the largest branch and has the highest visitation of almost 500,000 anticipated in its first year of opening. The library has a core role promoting literacy, providing free access to information, encouraging a culture of lifelong learning and contributing to positive socio-economic outcomes across the community.
Situated on the prominent north-western corner of the precinct, the library is the most frequently visited facility at Bunjil Place. Welcoming people of all ages and abilities to dwell in a safe place that is embraced as their own, the library has settings and zones to meet community needs, including quiet study, collaborative tables, larger meeting tables, lounge areas and more.