It’s great to know that librarians (as well as architects and the public) love our Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. This month it won the Members’ Choice Award from the inaugural Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) 2017 awards.
The panel of judges, comprising librarians and library executives, architects and library design experts, said the building’s extensive use of technology stood out.
“It has a serious wow factor…An amazing design that integrates with the surrounding areas, provides for multiple uses and is an architectural statement piece.”
—ALIA judging panel
The immensely popular building has had 758,200 visits so far since it opened in October 2015. Not bad in a city of 235,000.
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre has already won the 2017 Property Council Award for Best Public Building Award (Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards), and the 2016 Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture and Victorian Architecture Medal (both from the Australian Institute of Architects). Among others.