The Geelong West Free Library was opened in the Geelong West Town Hall by Cr John Ince, Mayor of the Borough of Geelong West on 3 July 1885. Its closure was forced in 1890 due to lack of funds but the library reopened in 1891. The Geelong West Free Library relocated in March 1939 to the old Geelong West Court House building. Following minor renovations, the Geelong West Municipal Library was officially opened in 1953 and in 1967 there was an official opening of additions to the library. On 17 October 2008, the Geelong West Library and customer service centre redevelopment was officially opened by the Hon Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Local Government and Cr Barbara H Abley AM DSJ, City of Greater Geelong.
Geelong West Library is a popular gathering place in the heart of the vibrant Pakington Street commercial and retail precinct. We’re mid-sized and always busy with regular programs running in our colourful young readers’ area and many regulars enjoying our newspaper and magazine reading room. Our library originally opened in April 1967 and was refurbished in September 2008. We are co-located with a City of Greater Geelong customer service point.
Baby Time: Every Wednesday 2.30pm, except during January.
Toddler Time: Every Thursday 10.30am, during school terms.
Preschool Story Time: Every Wednesday 10.30am, during school terms.
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Find out why iPads are so popular and learn some secrets to help you get the most out of your device. Bring along your own iPad or use one provided by the library.
Explore online story telling tools and apps and discover the best sites to post your stories and artwork online. Ages 12+
Join Goldilocks, three little pigs, a big bad wolf and more of your favourite fairy tale characters as we go on an unexpected journey with thes mixed up tales. Ages 5+
Learn tips and tricks to get the most out of the library website. You will learn how to login to your library account, search and place holds on resources using the catalogue, find and book events, access the eCollections and how to make suggestions for the library to purchase. (Hands on session, BYO device if possible.)
This session provides an opportunity for local amateur authors and poets to create a born-digital book and have it uploaded onto the library's Overdrive platform for inclusion in a local authors eBook collection. Bring your MS Word document of 10,000 words or less to learn how to create headings, tables of contents and a navigation structure for your eBook.
So you've learnt the basics and want to know more? This intermediate session will extend your iPad skills further. Bring along your own iPad or use one provided by the library.
Help your child discover the magic of stories and develop a lifelong love of reading
Come along for a fun filled session of songs and rhymes for babies. Sessions run all year except for January. No bookings required.
Dance, sing and read along with your child at our action packed Toddler Time program. No bookings required.
Castles, catapults, knights and pirates…what can you build? Join other LEGO® fans and let your imagination run riot! No booking required. Ages 8+
Meet with other Apple, Android and Windows tablet Users to discuss all things tablet. Share helpful tips and tricks, discover new apps and meet new people.
Come and chat about the books you have been reading, hera recommendations and meet new people. No booking required.