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2021 Libraries by Design Conference will bring together international, national and local libraries and design experts to discuss innovative library developments, and the pivotal role that libraries play in creating a thriving, equitable and sustainable world.


This free to attend, online conference will be held over the course of three weeks with keynote speakers, panel discussions and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with each other, participate in Q&A’s and join in the discussion about the future of the library sector.


Conference Day 1:
Planning a Successful Library Development

9:30am - 1:30pm AEST Wednesday, 2 June 2021

What needs to be considered when designing a new library?

Hear from a number of international experts who will give you insights into the concepts of placemaking and urban renewal, creating partnerships, and engaging with the community.

Conference Day 2:
Creating Libraries for the 21st Century

9:30am - 1:30pm AEST Wednesday, 9 June 2021

What does a sustainable future mean for libraries?


There will be a range of speakers and a panel discussion featuring Australian and international architects who will discuss design philosophies in relation to libraries and customer centric services.

Conference Day 3:
Being Shovel Ready – New Victorian Public Library Projects

9:30am - 1:30pm AEST Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Deep dive into all things Victorian.


You will hear from a number of exciting Victorian libraries and gain insights into how they overcame challenges within their communities to create an inclusive and accessible environment for all.

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This conference is proudly brought to you by:

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State Library Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we operate and pay respects to their ancestors, elders and families - past present and emerging.