The City of Melbourne realised some years ago that with the increasing number of residents in the city, it did not have a lending library and so opened the City Library in Flinders Lane. It is extremely successful and always busy when I have been there.
This plaque explains former uses of the building.
Across the road another historic building has been saved. Pity about the advertising.
Looking at the eastern wall of the main building. There is a forest of high rise towers in the location.
Just across Kingsway, another significant building has survived.
The residents of Docklands also wanted a free lending library, and so it came to pass. This one was open and I was very impressed. Public libraries may have gone into the history books but successful libraries reinvented themselves and this very hi tech library is a great example.
This area is all new to me, so I had a look around after leaving the 48 tram at its terminus. The library has a large forecourt and is well planted with trees. Bolte Bridge can be seen in the background.
An interesting and crazy sculpture.
More housing is being built across the Yarra River on the south bank.
Another shot of the sculpture. I like it.
On the other side of the library in the earlier photo is Victoria Harbour.
This construction has only a few seats within, presumably for the use of local workers to eat their lunch.
An avenue of peppercorn trees. I suppose the designers know they grow into very large trees.
Rule of the sea, everything must give way to sail.
Docklands Stadium has had various sponsors since it was built and at the moment the sponsor is United Arab Emirates based Etihad Airways.
A new area already has disused tram tracks. No doubt a property developer wanted the tram moved, and so it was, a bit to the east.
The train drivers had stopped work for a meeting and the normally bustling Flinders Street Station was very quiet, with only a few staff answering enquiries and strangely a very large police presence. A sandwich shop owner complained in the media that he had to throw so many sandwiches as there were no customers over the period of the four hour train stoppage. Given there was many days notice of the stoppage, when does he make his sandwiches?
I checked on a small exhibition at the Town Hall gallery. Crowds flocked to Melbourne city to celebrate Victory Europe Day, 1945.
Some things never change outside the Town Hall.
And some things do. These planters normally hold flowering annuals.
And what about us?, the good burghers of East Melbourne asked. We want a lending library too. With all the beautiful old buildings in East Melbourne, I am surprised that this thing had to be built. The library inside was less hi tech than Docklands and not terribly large. However, it was so so busy. I am very pleased that libraries have a secure future, in the medium term at least.