Geelong Library & Heritage Centre


The project at a glance

  • Awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Public Building Design rating
  • 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with business-as-usual
  • Up to 600 litres of greywater captured each day, reducing potable consumption by 79% compared to baseline buildings

Geelong Library & Heritage Centre is more than a repository for books. Well-designed, aesthetically appealing, and powered by state-of-the-art technology, Geelong’s new library has been designed to educate, celebrate cultural heritage and provide a communal place for people.

Home to a traditional library collection and artefact storage, the library features community and children’s meeting spaces, staff offices, an internet zone, an IT training and technology hub, reading and community lounges, study areas plus a café. All this in an environmentally-sustainable showcase.

Geelong Library & Heritage Centre is more than a home for information. It is a spectacular addition to Geelong’s architectural and cultural landscape. Well-designed, and powered by state-of-the-art technology, Geelong’s new library provides an icon for the city

– Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons

Energy Efficiency

The library incorporates many energy efficiency features including high-performance glazing, lighting and air-conditioning systems.  The building’s photovoltaic system will generate an estimated 35,000kWh of electricity each year.  The result is a building which produces 40% less greenhouse gas emissions than similar sized, non-green buildings.

As Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons says:

One of my goals as Geelong Mayor is to create a greener and more sustainable city. The library does this by significantly reducing our carbon footprint.


The Council’s commitment to water saving measures means water efficient fixtures and fittings, rainwater harvesting and a greywater treatment system are part and parcel of the building’s design.  Rainwater harvested from the roof is stored in a 50 kilolitre tank, is treated and then used in toilets and to supplement landscaping irrigation.  Up to 600 litres of greywater from showers and basin taps is also collected and treated each day.  The result is a 79% reduction potable water consumption compared with non-green buildings of similar size.

A Learning Resource

In a rapidly changing digital world, Geelong City Council’s new library is supporting the community to embrace green thinking.  Visitors to the library can learn about the building’s sustainable features through visual displays that outline energy use, solar power generation and rainwater harvesting. 

Real time data from the library’s building management system can be viewed on touch-screens in the foyer.  Designed to be engaging and attractive to children, the displays help the next generation of sustainability champions to explore the environmental performance of the building and understand how they can apply these lessons in their own lives.

Project team

Acoustic Consultant: VIPAC Engineers & Scientists
Architect: ARM Architecture
Building Surveyor: McKenzie Group Consulting
ESD Consultant & Building Services Engineer: Umow Lai Pty Ltd
Landscaping Consultant: Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Local Planning Authority: City of Greater Geelong
Main Contractor: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project Manager: Davis Langdon Australia
Quantity Surveyor: Slattery Australia Pty Ltd
Structural/Civil Engineer: Irwinconsult Pty Ltd 

Building details

6,000 square metres Gross Floor Area over eight storeys
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