Have your say on the direction of our region’s libraries | Goldfields Library Corporation

Have your say on the direction of our region’s libraries

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Imagine your ideal library. What would it look like? What would it offer? Where would it be located?

Goldfields Libraries are working to develop a plan for library services across our region for the next ten years and are seeking community input to ensure our libraries continue to deliver services that cater to ever-changing needs, wants and expectations.

“Libraries have changed so much in recent years. They are bustling community hubs, but there are still so many possibilities for how to make these free community spaces more relevant than ever for people of all ages and from all walks of life,” says Goldfields Libraries Manager of Engagement, Lucy Mayes.

“We have an idea of what makes a great library service, but we’d love to stretch our thinking by hearing what our communities’ value, hope for and would like to see for their local library in the coming years. Even if they don’t currently use a library, we’d love to know what, if anything, would make them use it more.”

There are a number of ways you can get involved in the project. Complete the community survey – online or on paper at your local library, share your thoughts on the interactive in-library displays, or, if you’re in the Bendigo area, join a special interest group meeting or listening session.

You can also share your thoughts via email or over the phone. Call 5449 2756 or email

Anyone who completes the survey and (shares their details) will go into the draw to win a $50 gift voucher to a local business of their choice.

Special Interest Group meetings will take place on the following dates:

  • Multicultural Community
    Wednesday 3 March, 5-6pm, Bendigo Library
  • Early Years
    Thursday 11 March, 8-10am, Shine Bright Early Years Centre, Maiden Gully
    (with Special Storytime at 10am)
  • Disability service providers & stakeholders
    Monday 15 March, 12.30-1.30pm, Bendigo Library (BYO lunch)
  • Homelessness service providers & stakeholders
    Thursday 18 March, 12.30-1.30pm, Bendigo Library (BYO lunch)
  • Business owners & stakeholders
    Monday 22 March, 12.30-1.30pm, Bendigo Library (BYO lunch)
  • Youth (aged 16-24)
    Thursday 25 March, 5.30-6.30pm, Zoom
  • Senior Community
    Monday 29 March, 12.30-1.30pm, Bendigo Library (BYO lunch)

Listening sessions will be held at the following locations:

  • Family Fun Day, Huntly
    Sunday, February 21, 10am-1pm
  • Old Church on the Hill, Quarry Hill
    Friday, February 26, 11.20am-12.30pm
  • Summer in the Parks, Bendigo
    Friday, February 26, 6-8.30pm
  • Shine Bright Early Years Centre, Maiden Gully
    Thursday, March 11, 8.30-11.30am
    (with special Storytime at 10am) 

Full details of the project are available at your local library, or online at