Photograph of a literary event at Geelong Library, with two people discussing a book on stage

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Adult Events At Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC)

Local authors, craftspeople, artists and community interest groups are invited to apply to hold a program or event for our patrons at any branch of Geelong Regional Libraries, including the iconic Geelong Library & Heritage Centre in central Geelong.

OUR AIM

The Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC) is committed to offering events that are responsive to the community and aim to increase reading, information and digital literacies, increase lifelong learning, build 21st century skills, enhance social connectedness and enable sharing of knowledge.

As per the Connecting and Thriving GRLC Library Plan 2021-2025, events, programs and activities held within the library should fit within the following strategies:
• Community – Local needs, local solutions – customise aspects of library collections and programs that support local priorities and events.
• Places and Spaces – Actively reflect the unique character, stories and cultural heritage of local places through library programs, collections and spaces.
• Our People – Build a culture of inspiring regional leaders – maintain our digital literacy and communication skillset, instilling confidence in the delivery of in-house and outreach programs across all platforms.
• Regional Leadership – in digital access, learning and creative expression – host innovative digital programs and events that connect thought leaders and contemporary ideas, resulting in new regional opportunities.

SELECTION CRITERIA & ELIGIBILITY

The GRLC considers events which:

  1. Enhance access and connect audiences with the Geelong Regional Library Corporation’s Collections and the region’s history;
  2. Engage the community in public conversation on contemporary issues of importance to them;
  3. Promote the library as a place of innovative thinking and robust discussion; and
  4. Contribute to our emphasis on lifelong learning and community engagement.

ELIGIBILITY

The GRLC accepts applications from authors at all stages of their career, as well as community groups and not for profit organisations. Whilst we are pleased to encourage local authors, you do not need to live in the City of Greater Geelong to apply.

In most cases, emerging authors wishing to promote their book will be offered an opportunity at one of our community branches, and we are only able to offer one event per author per year.

We seek event applications from external groups and individuals year-round and assess on an as-needs basis*.

*Please note, we receive a large number of event proposals each year. If your event cannot be scheduled into our current program, we will add it to our Waiting List for possible future programs.

HIRE FEE

If your event is selected to be presented as part of the Libraries’ Events Program there is no fee to hire event space, however you may be asked to contribute to staff costs.

Event presenters are responsible for all costs associated with their event and for any launch expenses relating to catering/refreshments.

Please note there are catering restrictions at the GL&HC – please speak to a member of the Venue Hire team on (03) 4201 0522 for more information.

Please note, the GRLC will not administer book sales or facilitate payment for books on behalf of the author or presenter, but we are happy to organise a local bookseller for your event.

OF PARTICULAR CONSIDERATION WILL BE

  • Relevance of the event for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander and/or CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) people
  • Aspects of inclusivity and accessibility, including people living with disabilities
  • Potential of proposed event to engage with the community and support the development of a vibrant, culturally connected community within the Geelong region
  • Community enthusiasm for the event topic/content
  • Any previous event history with the GRLC

AVAILABLE SPACES FOR IN-PERSON EVENTS AT GLHC AND COMMUNITY LIBRARIES

 

Branch  Max Capacity
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre 230 pax
Newcomb Library 100
Corio Library 80
Belmont Library 80
Leopold Library 70
Waurn Ponds Library 60
Colac Library 60
Torquay Library 50
Bannockburn Library 50
Ocean Grove 40
Apollo Bay 30
Geelong West Library 30
Lara Library 30
Drysdale Library 30
Chilwell Library 20
Queenscliff (currently using Town Hall) 100

 

Please see https://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/services/venue-hire for more information.

EVENT EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM

For all Event enquiries, complete the Event Expression of Interest Form.

Expression of Interest Form