The State Library of Victoria has secured final philanthropic funding from the Hasen Little Foundation that will allow the library's Vision 2020 transformation to kick off in earnest.
As previously reported on Urban Melbourne, the SLV's Vision 2020 includes opening up 40% more space for public use throughout the complex which has had a long history of additions over the years.
The $88 million transformation is majority funded by the State Government to the tune of $60 million with the remainder coming from philanthropic sources - the Hansen Little Foundation's contribution completes the library's fundraising target of $27.7 million.
According to the SLV
Hansen Hall will be a new focal point for Library visitors, combing heritage architecture with a contemporary look and feel. It will represent the features of a 21st-century library in a lively and dynamic area where visitors can meet, connect and collaborate.
Jane Hansen said that a passion for education connects the Hansen Little Foundation and State Library Victoria.
“The beautiful environment of the refurbished Hansen Hall will provide a light-filled free space where people can work and enjoy a coffee while still able to access the Library’s extensive facilities and expert staff. By working together, we can help more people achieve their learning goals in an inspiring and welcoming environment.
The Hansen Little Foundation's gift will also fund the Library's new Conversation Quarter which is set to include facilities that will enable two-way digital broadcast technology to "take Library events and programs to schools and homes around Australia and bring the world's best events and experiences to Melbourne"
The Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, welcomed the latest donation.
The Hansen Little Foundation’s generosity means that more people than ever have access to learning, education and quality programming, allowing young minds to reach their potential, wherever they may be.
This donation means the State Library has achieved its fundraising goal of $27.7 million and is a great example of how collaborative approaches can provide a successful and a sustainable way to generate funding for new and innovative projects.
The following video profiles changes that will occur as part of the SLV's Vision 2020 transformation.
The Hansen Hall and Conversation Quarter are set to open in 2019.