Local authors, craftspeople, artists and community interest groups are invited to apply to hold an event for our patrons at any branch of Geelong Regional Libraries, including the iconic Geelong Library & Heritage Centre in central Geelong.
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.
The 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 Reading Ahead GRLC Library Plan 2017-2021, events, programs and activities held within the library should fit within the following guidelines and strategies:
Welcoming places and spaces - Present welcoming, purposeful and safe physical and digital library facilities at the heart of the community.
Learning for life - Deliver engaging library programs, print and digital collections, events and activities that encourage reading, support a range of literacies, promote lifelong learning and increase access and inclusion.
Sharing our stories - Capture, share, celebrate and preserve the stories – past and present – that tell of our region’s heritage, culture, creative endeavour and aspirations
Better together - Work collaboratively with community, government and business organisations to increase awareness of, access to and use of library services among targeted population groups.
The GRLC considers events which:
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.
If your event is selected to be presented as part of the Libraries’ Events Program there is no fee to hire event space. 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 0517 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.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander or CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) people
Inclusivity and accessibility, including people 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
Previous event history.
AVAILABLE SPACES FOR IN-PERSON EVENTS AT GLHC AND COMMUNITY LIBRARIES
(currently reduced capacities due to spatial distancing requirements covering library facilities, as at 25 August 2021):
Please see https://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/services/venue-hire for more information.
For all Event enquiries, complete the Event Expression of Interest Form.
Expression of Interest Form