Last week marked the opening of the Boyd Library and community facility on City Rd, Southbank. The building was a Girls High School, that was closed in the 1990’s. At that time the demographics of the city were markedly different to what they are now.
In the last 20 years, the shift in the demographics of the city of Melbourne has transformed the city and the need for services is a challenge.
Many people have moved into the city, embracing the highrise lifestyle. Initially, it was believed that the demographics would be comprised of childless couples, singles and retirees. However, families comprise a significant portion of the groups that now reside in the city of Melbourne and the city still has no local school to service this community. The needs of the community have outpaced the delivery.
In terms of public libraries the City library of Melbourne Library Service is the busiest library in the State. Amongst the vision of Melbourne Library Service is the building of libraries to service the needs of the changing demographics of the city of Melbourne. In the pipeline is the building of a new library at Docklands.
The Boyd Library site incorporates artist studios, a library, a cafe, child and maternal health services, play group area, meeting rooms and an outdoor area.