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by Megan Edwards (subscribe)
I count myself lucky to be born in Australia's coffee capital of Melbourne and love to write about what's on in my home town.
Published September 4th 2012
More than just books
After years in planning, and several months spent in temporary lodgings, Doncaster library re-opened its doors in August 2012.

Manningham City Square.

Taking up residence on the ground floor of Manningham Council's uber modern MC2 (Manningham City Square) building, just a few hundred metres from the shopping mecca of the east, Westfield Doncaster, it occupies pride of place and full main road frontage to Doncaster Road in Manningham's new civic precinct.

Also housed on the ground floor of MC2 are the MC2 cafe (handy for a mid-study cuppa) and Manningham Gallery - which is currently hosting a tribute to iconic Warrandyte art co-operative, Potters Cottage.

The library entry is spacious and light.

One of the first things that strikes visitors to the library is the abundance of natural light; two walls feature floor to ceiling tinted windows, providing a warm backdrop to the rows of comfy armchairs and study tables that line the perimeter. There are lots of little nooks and cosy corners throughout, perfect for curling up with a novel, or to focus on some serious work. Visits of a more social nature are also well served by a large communal study space along one side, which is equipped with several long tables and dozens of chairs.

In terms of reading material, the library has added thousands of new titles, including a Chinese language collection. Checking out your books has also been made quick and easy, with the inclusion of several self serve loan booths. Those who are more familiar with the old fashioned way of borrowing need not worry however, as there are plenty of staff on hand to help you navigate the system.

The spacious, colourful childrens area.

Small fry will love the colourful, spacious kids area at the rear of the library, which includes plenty of toddler sized tables and chairs and a big soft rug for story time. Older children however, will no doubt gravitate to the gaming wall located nearby, which features free (albeit time limited) Playstation and Wii games.

Enjoy free Playstation and Wii games.

There is parking aplenty at MC2, with a two-level basement carpark supplementing the existing above ground parking facilities - although it is worth noting that on some weekends availability is limited, due to the computer swap meets that take place in the neighbouring civic centre.
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Why? Because everyone needs a library
When: Open 7 days, however times vary (check website for details)
Phone: 9877 8500
Where: MC2, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
Cost: Free
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