Winter is in full swing and chilly mornings have Melbournians rugged up from head to toe. With over 200,000 books, central heating and a breathtaking view of the harbour, Library at The Dock is the perfect place for locals to defrost, learn and relax.
Located on the Docklands waterfront, the community hub is a joint venture between City of Melbourne, Lendlease and Development Victoria. Their combined creative effort has produced a multi-purpose library with something for everyone, from the bookworm to the socialite.
Here are three things you might not know about Library at the Dock:
It is perfectly designed for the creative
Melbourne is a bustling city, full of musical talent and creative endeavour. With a cutting-edge recording studio and creative editing suite, Library at the Dock is fully equipped to help artists create, record and edit their tracks. The venue is also home to a performance space that can host up to 120 guests, which will host an exciting event with the Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on 4 August.
It has a sustainable tick of approval
Library at the Dock is so much more than just a good-looking building – in fact, a lot of effort has gone into the building’s sustainability credentials. The Library’s decking is made from reclaimed timber from Victoria Harbour’s south wharf, giving new life to the local area’s historical past. The library has achieved a 6 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, making Library at the Dock one of Australia’s most sustainable community landmarks.
It runs awesome community events
Library at the Dock is not just a quiet place to read, study and learn; it’s also a place for people to meet, discuss, debate and perform. With free workshops, events and activities running all year round, take your pick from tai chi, yoga and evening table tennis. If you don’t want to break a sweat, you can join a social club or attend a Makers’ Workshop to meet other locals and learn a new skill.