A haven of quiet. A place of progressive debate. A visitor's study break and a worker's escape. A multi-purpose library for the 21st Century.
The Library at The Dock is not your usual library. Known as a ‘next-generation library,’ the Library at the Dock is constantly teeming with people. Whether it’s parents with their toddlers gathering in the café, university students huddled up between the bookshelves, creative professionals hosting meetings in the bookable spaces or school children working at the desks, the library offers something for everyone.
Library at The Dock takes its inspiration from the greatest libraries around the world in places such as Helsinki, New York and Denmark.
The community has certainly embraced everything on offer with visitors streaming in to take advantage of the 3D printer demonstrations, design courses, knitting classes, photography walks and Japanese bookbinding. In addition to the traditional library collection, there’s a recording studio, creative editing suites, community spaces and a performance venue to hold up to 120 people. The gallery and exhibition space also celebrates Docklands' rich heritage.
The Library certainly has visitors front of mind. The layout is designed to help visitors make ample use of the Library’s facilities, with books arranged just as they are in a bookstore.
In fact, in its first year of opening, the Library saw more than 123,000 visitors. More than 15,000 people participated in events and despite the rise of the e-reader, 161,180 books were borrowed.
Below are our top picks for upcoming events at the Library at the Dock (located at 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade). For more information on events, visit the Library at the Dock events page.
A free lunchtime concert at the Library at the Dock
Thursday 14 July, 1:10pm – 1:50pm
Experience intimate chamber music from some of Australia's finest musicians. Inventi Ensemble performs works by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Faure, as well as some of Australia's finest composers like Carl Vine, Ross Edwards and Elena Kats-Chernin.
MakerBasics: What is 3D Printing?
Tuesday 19 July, 5:00pm
Come along and learn about the power of 3D printing, where they came from and why the many claim it to be the birth of a whole new era of creation.
Lunchbox session with The Urban Pear
Monthly on the first Tuesday of each month, 12:30pm – 1:15pm
The Urban Pear focus on providing knowledge, skills and places for a sustainable and resilient life.