The traditional functional role of the public library in contemporary Australian society is currently being challenged by the increasing digitisation of it's services and collections. This project investigates how the public library could reassert itself as a valuable and responsive, rather than reactive, public institution. It looks at how a library could adapt it's functions in proactive ways that encourage wider community engagement and strengthen ideas relating to place and local identity.
(Seed) Library aims to explore this notion on a strategic level as a replicable model over three sites across Melbourne’s suburbs. The (Seed) Library brings together the rethinking of the library as a proactive public facility, provides a reinterpretation of its catalogue and opens the conversation for its subsequent potential to address broader issues relating to providing further education and involvement in sustainable food production and land revegetation practices.