In April 2016, the Minister for Creative Industries announced that the 2016-17 State Budget will provide $21.4 million to the extension of State Library Victoria’s (SLV) collection storage facility, as part of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy.
Since its establishment in 1854 as the first great public library in Australia, the State Library Victoria (SLV) has been a place where ideas, learning, culture and creativity are cultivated and promoted.
Serving a State of more than 5.8 million today, the SLV collections are housed both on-site in the CBD building and at a purpose built store – Ballarat Off Site Store Module 1 (BOSS1) – at Federation University in Ballarat.
SLV’s physical collection continues to grow at approximately 2% per annum, and BOSS1 is expected to reach capacity by end of 2017.
As part of its strategy for ongoing collection storage SLV requires the construction of an additional off-site storage facility, being Ballarat Off Site Store Module 2 (BOSS2).
BOSS2 will be a specialist, climate-controlled facility for the storage of valuable and sensitive collection items including paintings, sculptures, costumes, film and books.
Registrations of Interest for the design phase closed on 25 August 2016. Expressions of interest for construction are expected to be released in early 2017.