Who we are

The Geelong Regional Library Corporation provides library and information services to residents and visitors across the Geelong region on behalf of our four member councils: Borough of Queenscliffe, City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire and Surf Coast Shire.

Through our network comprising a central library, 15 community libraries, two mobile libraries and this website, we provide free, universal access to lifelong learning, reading and discovery.  Our services, both physical and virtual, are as diverse as the community we serve.

Our vision

A strong vibrant connected community:

  • enriched by reading
  • empowered by learning
  • inspired by information and ideas.

Our mission

We will create opportunities for our community to read, learn and connect with each other and the world:

  • by delivering innovative and exemplary library services
  • by facilitating equitable access to information and technology
  • through our library staff's knowledge, expertise and encouragement.

Our goals

Our Library Plan 2013-2017 outlines four key goals as we strive to enrich, empower, enlighten and inspire the community we serve – providing library services, programs, collections, spaces and experiences that create opportunities for our community to read, learn and connect with each other and the world.

Goal One / Living to read, reading to live

We are a library. We celebrate reading, literature and literary culture, and will engender a love of reading in all people from an early age. We will support development of literacy skills and digital literacy among people of all ages, especially those in greatest need, to enable them to access the information they need to live, work, learn and relax.

Goal Two / Becoming part of everyday life

Our library is for everyone, anytime, anywhere. Through quality collections, technology and services, engaging and flexible spaces, and creative partnerships and outreach programs, we will provide people with experiences that make the library an integral part of their recreational, social, educational and cultural life.

Goal Three / Transforming the way we work

We aim to be an exemplary library organisation. We will empower and equip our staff with the knowledge, skills and resources to exercise their professionalism and expertise in responding to users' needs. We will embrace creativity and innovation, using current and emerging technologies to continually improve the way we work and enable customers to access our collections, programs and services.

Goal Four / Bridging the past and the future

The new Geelong Library & Heritage Centre in Geelong's cultural precinct continues our member councils' significant investment in new and upgraded library facilities for the community. We will work with the City of Greater Geelong to create an iconic cultural centre that celebrates the Geelong region's proud and diverse history and reflects the region's rich Indigenous heritage. The centre will take Geelong to the world and bring the world to Geelong through the latest in services and technology.

Our corporate story

The library corporation was formed under the provisions of Section 196 of the Local Government Act, 1989 on 4 March 1997 to provide library services within the local government areas of: Borough of Queenscliffe, City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire and Surf Coast Shire.

Our governance body, the Regional Library Board, has seven members representing our four member councils, which contribute the majority of our funding together with State Government grants and project funding.

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