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New partnership to run Mount Evelyn Reading Room

Published on 20 March 2017

Cr Len Cox and MECH's Nicky Condello at the Mount Evelyn Reading Room.

Mount Evelyn Library has been transformed into a reading room thanks to a new partnership between Council, Mount Evelyn Community House (MEHC) and Eastern Regional Libraries (ERL).

MECH has been co-located with Eastern Regional Libraries at the Mount Evelyn Station House since May 2014.

The reading room operates similarly to Yarra Glen’s Reading Room, run by Yarra Glen Living and Learning Centre in partnership with Council and ERL.

Book stocks will continue to be coordinated by ERL. Residents are able to self-borrow, return and order books, DVDs, magazines and
audio books at the Reading Room.

Director of Social and Economic Development Ali Wastie said the new partnership between Council, ERL and MECH would give residents a place to go to read and borrow books, as well as learn about and participate in programs offered by the community house.

“This new partnership will provide great benefit to the Mt Evelyn community just as the partnership between Council, ERL and the Yarra Glen Living and Learning Centre has for the Yarra Glen community,” Ms Wastie said.

“Mount Evelyn Community House, as a locally based community organisation, is highly respected by the Mt Evelyn community with strong connections, so the fit is a logical one. 

“Mount Evelyn’s Reading Room is about that connection for the community house, where they can broaden their connection with the town, from children to seniors.”

Libraries and Reading Rooms such as Mount Evelyn’s are often referred to as 'third places' - safe venues outside of home, school or the workplace where people of all ages  visit to read, use the free Wi-Fi, visit friends and relax.

“People can still self-borrow, self-check in, order books online to be picked up at Mount Evelyn, use printing and photocopying facilities as well as have access to Community House programs and the café,” Ms Wastie said.

Walling Ward Cr and ERL representative Len Cox, said everyone would benefit from longer opening hours at the room.

“Having Mount Evelyn Community House run the Reading Room makes sense and will help residents to engage in new programs to broaden their experiences and knowledge,” Cr Cox said.

“Everyone will benefit from longer opening hours at the room, giving visitors more time to look for and enjoy good books in the heart of Mount Evelyn.

“We encourage interested readers to sign up with Eastern Regional Libraries online, or at nearby branches in Lilydale or Montrose.”

The Mount Evelyn Reading Room will be supervised by MECH staff and will be open longer hours: Monday and Tuesday 10am to 4pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 5pm and Friday 12noon to 4pm.

For more information about the Mount Evelyn Community House, visit the organisation's Facebook page.

Lilydale Library relocation

The Lilydale Library relocation to Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale Lakeside campus is taking place over the first half of April.
More than 30,000 books are being moved from the library on Anderson Street, ahead of the opening of the new
site on Tuesday 18 April.

To sign up for a library membership, visit

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