4 September 2017
Work is kicking off on the $88.1 million project to transform State Library Victoria following the latest multi-million dollar donation to the project.
Victorian philanthropists Jane Hansen and Paul Little, through the Hansen Little Foundation, have made a $3.5 million donation which will reinvigorate two of the library’s key heritage spaces to meet the needs of current and future generations.
The first of these spaces, Hansen Hall will provide Victorians, especially the many students who visit the Library, with a free, technology-enabled space where they can enjoy all the benefits of the Library’s resources and support.
It will be a relaxed space where visitors can eat, drink, converse and carry out their work at the same time.
The Hansen Little Foundation’s gift will also fund the Library’s new Conversation Quarter. This high-tech venue will be equipped with two-way digital broadcast technology to take library events and programs to schools and homes around Victoria and beyond, and connect with the world.
The Hansen Little Foundation donation is not only significant in its own right, but is also sees the Library meet its initial fundraising target of $27.7 million.
The Library’s successful fundraising campaign has seen people from across the community join leading philanthropists to contribute to the project, alongside the Victorian Government’s $60.4 million investment.
Built have been awarded the contract for construction which will now commence. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.