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Sunshine Library, Brimbank Libraries
New build or refurbishment: New build
Budget: $9 million
Architect: Lyons Principal Consultant (Architects)
Project completed: 01/06/2016
Brimbank’s five public libraries and Online Library serve a community of 197,000 people. Brimbank is culturally and linguistically diverse with over 46% of the population born overseas and over 56% speaking one or more languages other than English.
Brimbank’s libraries are highly utilised and valued with almost 80,000 registered library members and more than 1.4million loans of resources in 2015/16. Library collections are in English and 19 community languages. Library programs support lifelong learning and social connections. In 2015/16, over 3,000 programs were held with almost 60,000 people attending. Programs include Practice Your English, Computer classes, Homework Help, Learn English Through Storytime and Resume Help. The roving customer service model supports customers throughout the library.
Each week around 29,000 people visit a Brimbank library and around 51,000 people visit the Online Library. A Home Library Service delivers resources to residents who are unable to visit the library due to illness, frailty or disability.
Socio economic indicators reveal Sunshine as one of the most disadvantaged communities in Victoria, with high pockets of educational disadvantage and high rates of unemployment. Youth unemployment in Sunshine is at 14.2% (Sunshine West: 17.2%); the Melbourne metropolitan average is 12.3%. More than 500 young people are not engaged in employment, training or education. (ABS, 2011, youth unemployment rate has risen since). The proportion of young people engaged in further education or training however is increasing with 81.7% in Brimbank as compared to 77% in Victoria.