Tuesday 28 September 2021
Following an extensive period of consultation with our staff, the public and other key stakeholders, we’re proud to present Connecting and Thriving our new Library Plan 2021-25.
The plan brings to the forefront our capacity to be an imaginative leader and partner in the region’s economic, social and cultural recovery as we move towards life living with COVID-19. It celebrates and seeks new ways to support reading, learning, thinking, creativity, work, community cohesiveness and care for Country.
More than 4,000 people contributed to the development of the strategy through an extensive community consultation process, which included workshops, interviews, focus groups and a community survey which returned 3,822 responses. The themes that emerged through this engagement process have shaped the plan, ensuring that it is relevant to the people who use and deliver our services and reflective of our communities’ vision for public libraries in the region.
The plan sets out a roadmap for our work over the next four years, with the following goals set out under four key pillars:
Community: Geelong Regional Libraries is an innovative partner. We are addressing local needs with local solutions. You see us out and about in the region, focusing on vulnerable and hard to reach communities.
Places and spaces: Our spaces are adaptable and democratic; uplifting and sustainable.
Our people: Our team is curious, caring and skilled. We exhibit a spirit of experimentation that matches transformative times.
Regional leadership: Geelong Regional Libraries is known for leading regional recovery. We use our core strength for community good.
The plan will be brought to life and actioned through the work of our teams, and our people will remain focussed on achieving the goals set out under the four pillars.
We are committed to providing regular updates on our progress to the community as we move through the four-year plan period, acknowledging that our communities are core to the services we provide.
See the plan below or download here.
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Barwon Heads Library is temporarily closed as a precaution, due to a positive COVID-19 case at the Barwon Heads Primary School.
Please be advised of upcoming library closures due to public holidays in October and November.
Colac Library customers are benefitting from a range of improved technology services, since the branch joined Geelong Regional Libraries' network in July.
Libraries in City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire are re-opening Monday 27 September.
All Geelong Regional Libraries' branches and Mobile Libraries will be closed on Friday 24 September for the Victorian public holiday.
We're running a regular online school holiday program, with two sessions running every weekday, 10.30am and 2.30pm on Zoom. These free sessions are aimed at different ages and interests.