1991

In 1991 The Altona City Library Redevelopment Project was completed at a cost of $1.6 million, $100,000 under budget.  The architect was Gary Marshall of Lines, MacFarlane and Marshall, and the project was undertaken by Burns Bridge Australia Pty. Ltd.

The redeveloped library was officially opened by His Worship the Mayor Cr. G.J. Hosken JP on 22 October 1991. On the same day the Japanese garden was officially opened.  To commemorate Altona’s three year sister city relationship with Anjo, a stone lantern was donated by the Japanese city to the library.  There was much celebrating after the official opening with a staff party.

1990/91 saw the launch of ALTONA-RAD (Residents Access Database) for the Altona Clean Air Project.

Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts and former Democratic Presidential Candidate visited the library during this time.

In 1991/92 there was a 40% increase in the use of LOTE material.

A monthly ‘Special Events’ program of quality displays was introduced. Altona Library staff member Sue O’Donnell was chiefly responsible for these displays and showed great flair in setting them up.

A Micro computer and laser printer was donated by the Friends of Altona Library, along with funds to buy a typewriter for public use.  The hardworking committee was lead by President Mrs Margaret Broeks and Co-ordinator Mrs Effie Haugh.

Mr Ferguson noted in the library’s annual report for 1991/1992 that:

‘the major challenges of the 1990’s fall into ...increasing access to information technology, responding to societal and community needs...[and] responding to limited funding.’

Sadly 1991 saw the closure and sale of the Altona East (Circle) Branch Library. Library hours had been cut back and visits to the library had been in decline for some time.  Perhaps the first librarian Mr James was right about the location. The Altona North/Altona East area would be without a library branch until the opening of the Altona North Community Library in 2010.

BF Goodrich continued its support for the Australiana Special Collection.

New programmes in Community Outreach were established.

1992