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Warrnambool Learning and Library Hub

Warrnambool City Council and South West TAFE have joined to deliver a new $20.25 million state-of-the-art learning and library hub for the people of Warrnambool and surrounding areas.

The Victorian Government is contributing $16.3 million to the project with Warrnambool City Council contributing $3.12 million and South West TAFE contributing $830,000 in land value.

This community partnership will deliver new community library facilities and establish fit- for-purpose, technologically advanced and accessible spaces, at SW TAFE’s Warrnambool campus for the community and students.

The new co-location offers an opportunity for the community to discover the wide range of on campus facilities and services operated by South West TAFE's students and staff.

These include a hair and beauty salon, restaurant and other hospitality services, while seeing first-hand the opportunities for life-long learning available through courses offered at South West TAFE.

Community benefits

  • In 2017, when asked to identify their "Wish for Warrnambool" (for the long term community plan W2040); the community identified a new library at the top of the list.
  • As a result, the new learning and library hub will be more than a library, it will also be a social space for interaction and knowledge exchange with access to recent technologies and support for education.
  • The hub will replace the existing 40 year-old municipal library in Liebig Street, with library members and visitors able to enjoy all the current library facilities and much more in the new, larger, more modern and accessible space. It will provide more spaces for meetings, social activities and programs.
  • The new facility will offer free public access to computers, exhibition spaces, study areas, learning and play opportunities for children, as well as a games and a digital media zone.
  • The SWTAFE Campus is already a vibrant community education space and the hub will provide even more opportunity for broader community usage of this safe, welcoming and inclusive precinct.

 

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