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Visitor numbers at new library exceed expectations

The new Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (the Dome) in Little Malop Street opened just 8 weeks ago and has already recorded 83,700 visits.

Geelong residents have been joined by many visitors from Melbourne, interstate and overseas, an early indication of the success of the Dome in fulfilling its role as a tourist destination of national and international significance.

Cr Andy Richards, Chair of the Library Board says;

“Visitors are enjoying the world-class services on offer at this location including events and programs, the latest digital technology, powerful high-speed internet, highly-skilled specialist staff and a broad collection of print, multimedia and heritage items over 6,000 square metres.”

“School holiday activities and adult programs are all booking out very quickly at this location and tours of the Dome have been immensely popular with visitors fascinated by the architectural inspirations informing the building design. The view from the level 5 balcony has also been on everyone’s ‘must see’ list’.”

Each level of the building has names in English and in Wadawurrung, the result of a close collaboration between the library and Uncle Bryon Powell of the Wadawurrung Corporation. There has been a lot of interest in the Wadawurrung names and the stories that inform them.

“The feedback on this aspect of the building has been very positive” says Patti Manolis, CEO of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation.

The Heritage Reading Room has also been buzzing with visitors keen to access all of the wealth of historical records now on offer in one location within this purpose-built space.

Members of the Library Board and management team are thrilled at the response to the Dome.

Patti Manolis sums it up by saying;

“The phenomenal visitor numbers demonstrate to us that the project is meeting all of its objectives – it is creating a vibrant hub in the centre of Geelong, further enlivening the cultural precinct; acting as a significant tourist destination; and providing world-class library and heritage services to all visitors.”

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