News & Blog


Joint statement on marriage equality

Geelong Regional Libraries is a member of the Victorian public library system, basing our charter on the UNESCO Manifesto on Public Libraries.


Long-standing mystery solved

The painting of Geelong’s first Town Clerk, William Weire, normally adorns the corridors of City Hall but detective work uncovering the identity of the artist has led to the painting going on loan to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania.


Experience the library that travels to you!

With a range of collection items for browsing and borrowing, the mobile service is also your portal to the library corporation’s full collection of 400,000 plus items.


Book now for school holiday activities

Book now for our range of fabulous school holiday activities suitable for young children through to young adults.


No mobile service at Anglesea this Thursday

There will be no mobile library service at Angelsea this Thursday 27 April.


Geelong West Reopens!

Geelong West library reopens following flash flooding.


What's on in April

Our April e-newsletter is now available. Find out what is coming up and start booking!


The Big Bold Boat Adventure

Jump in the boat and join in the fun with The Big Bold Boat Adventure.


Lecture to unravel mystery of maggots and their microbe friends

They might be much maligned, but the offspring of the detested blowfly have an important role to play in treating wounds and fighting infections.


Retirement after 35 years' service

Mick Robinson OAM recently retired as a Community Representative on the Geelong Heritage Centre Collection Advisory Committee.


Tech Savvy Seniors

The Victorian Seniors' Card Age Program in partnership with Telstra has provided funding to Geelong Regional Libraries for a series of free digital literacy workshops especially for seniors.

Geelong Library and Heritage Centre at night News

Success at National Awards

The Geelong Library & Heritage Centre has received the coveted Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture at the National Architecture Awards.


Libraries Open Melbourne Cup Day

All Geelong Regional Libraries, except Torquay and the Surf Coast Mobile, will be operating normal hours Tuesday 1 November, Melbourne Cup Day. Torquay Library will be closed and the Surf Coast Mobile will not be operating. The Geelong Library & Heritage Centre will be open 8am - 8pm.


Community Digital Festival

The inaugural Pivot Connect Community Digital Festival will be held at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre and in other parts of Little Malop Street on Saturday 3 December.


Torquay Library closed on Tuesday 1 November

Please be aware that Torquay Library will be closed on Tuesday 1 November for the Melbourne Cup Day public holiday.

Geelong Library and Heritage Centre News

Board adopts annual report

The Geelong Regional Library Corporation Board adopted the 2015-16 annual report at its meeting on Monday 26 September.


Call for Volunteers

This year's Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival is seeking volunteers to fill a range of roles over the weekend of 19 - 20 November.


What’s On At The Library – Spring Edition

Let us enthrall you this spring with events that can't be missed.

Tiahna Proebstl and grandmother Melita News

Geelong Advertiser article leads student to treasured diary

When embarking upon a year-long exploration into the life of a digger, Tiahna Proebstl did not imagine that an object of such importance to his memory would be so very close.


Geelong Monster Book Fair

The annual Geelong Monster Book Fair will be held at the Geelong West Town Hall over three days from Friday 19 August.

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Changes to Fees & Charges

New fees and charges have been introduced with the 2016-17 Library budget which was adopted by the Library Board on 27 June. The new fees will commence on 1 August.

Golden Plains mobile News

Golden Plains Mobile Library Upgrade

A major refurbishment of the Golden Plains Mobile Library Service is to be undertaken.


Classic catalogue

The classic catalogue will be decomissioned on 30 June and is replaced by the new catalogue which has been operating concurrently.

Victorian Architecture Medal News

The Dome Architects Win Prestigious Architecture Medal

ARM Architecture have won the prestigious Victorian Architecture Medal for the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.


Board Meeting 27 June

The next board meeting will be held on Monday 27 June 2016, 5.30pm at Queenscliff Library, 55 Hesse Street, Queenscliff.


Mobile library news

We advise customers that there will be no service at Anakie on Tuesday 21 June.


What's on Winter

View the new What's on Winter brochure and choose the events you wish to attend this season.


How to Vote Information Sessions

The library is presenting a number of free community-based events outlining information about the Australian voting experience.


Geelong after Dark

Discover central Geelong as you've never seen it before with pop-up performances and art installations in the heart of the city.

•	IGLEw: students explore the Universe inside AARNet’s mobile inflatable 3D interactive theatre News

North Geelong Secondary College leading the way with digital learning

The library participated in exciting activities at North Geelong Secondary College yesterday.


Queenscliff branch is open

Queenscliff Library has reopened with regular opening hours after a threat of a tree branch falling on the building.


All branches closed over Easter

All Geelong Regional Libraries will be closed for the Easter public holidays from Friday 25 March to Monday 28 March inclusive.


Upgrading the Golden Plains Mobile Library Service

The Geelong Regional Library Corporation, with assistance from the State Government’s Living Libraries Funding Program, is undertaking a $130,000 refurbishment of the Golden Plains Mobile Library. In continuous service since 1999, the mobile is currently in its original condition and configuration.


Honour bestowed on CEO

On March 7, the Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, formally inducted library CEO, Patti Manolis, into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.


Amazing heritage photographs

Did you know you can search over 2000 fascinating heritage images online on our library catalogue? Ranging from streetscapes to parades and family portraits, all images provide a fascinating window into another era.


All aboard the story train!

The sun shone for Story Train 2016 with 300 primary school children enjoying a fun-filled day of stories, songs and rhymes aboard the Bellarine Railway steam train.


National Year of Digital Inclusion

The National Year of Digital Inclusion was recently launched in Geelong at Wurdi Youang, the High Ground, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.

Front cover of the new What's On at the Library Brochure News

What's On Autumn 2016

Let the library tempt you with a diverse selection of captivating events.


Labour Day Holiday

Geelong Regional Libraries will be closed for the Labour Day Holiday

Helene Cameron and Andy Richards News

Library elects Chair and Deputy Chair of Board

Cr Andy Richards has been re-elected as Chair of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation’s Board for the fifth consecutive year.


Geelong West Library now open, Western Heights College Library closed until further notice

Geelong West Library is open again from 3 February with usual opening hours after a temporary closure due to flooding. Western Heights College Library remains closed until further notice.


Urban Sketchers to gather in Geelong

A group of local and visiting ‘Urban Sketchers’ will converge on Geelong’s Johnstone Park and cultural precinct this Saturday 6 February for a day of casual sketching.


U3A SurfCoast

U3A SurfCoast is a volunteer co-operative of older people who share many educational, creative and leisure activities. U3A stands for University of the Third Age. There are U3As all over the world.


Visitor numbers at new library exceed expectations

The new Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (the Dome) opened just 8 weeks ago and has already recorded in excess of 80,000 visits.


Major boost for Golden Plains mobile library

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins visited Rokewood today to announce $102,000 funding for the refurbishment of the Golden Plains Shire mobile library.

Photo of the dome of the new Geelong library taken from partially under a bridge News

We’re moving to the Dome!

The temporary Geelong Library located at the State Government Offices will close on October 1, 2015. We need to close this temporary library in order to prepare the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre for opening in late November.