The newly redeveloped Point Cook Community Learning Centre is proving to be a huge hit with the local community, especially for library lovers.

Since re-opening its doors in early September, the Point Cook Library has seen almost 17,000 people through the doors – a 20 per cent increase compared to the same time last year.

There has also been a 14 per cent increase in items being borrowed, with people checking out almost 36,5000 books, DVDs and other items.

Wyndham City’s Learning City portfolio holder, Cr Josh Gilligan, said the feedback from the community had been overwhelmingly positive.

“The $5.2 million redevelopment of the Point Cook Community Learning Centre will help this important facility keep up with the demands of the local community, which has grown by more than 40 per cent since 2011 alone,” Cr Gilligan said.

“The new and improved Community Learning Centre now includes a larger library space, which provides residents with a silent study room, group study rooms, and seating overlooking the beautiful nearby wetlands. The library has also added a brand new Hindi collection and a new graphic novel collection for adults.”

“Since the doors to the Point Cook Library reopened, books and other items have been flying off the shelves. 41 per cent of the new Chinese collection has been borrowed in just one month and 60 per cent of Health and Wellbeing collection has been checked out, making it the most popular adult-non-fiction genre.”

“Our younger residents are also clearly loving their new look library, with over 90 per cent of the picture book collection currently out on loan.”

“Users of the library have made it clear how much they are loving it, with one resident saying it’s going to be like their second home and another saying their children can’t wait to come back again and again.”

“Libraries are such an important part of our local communities and it’s great that Council was able to deliver a space that will be loved now and well into the future.”

For more information visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/venues/point-cook-library.

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