A library focused on nourishing the mind and body

By Kaylah-Joelle Baker

Elizabeth St is now a temporary home to a new pop-up library. 

Strategically placed across the street from the Queen Victoria Market, the library focuses heavily on being a destination for foodies. 

Opening on Saturday, November 13, the “Feed Your Mind” library is the first of the many themed pop-up libraries soon to be making their way around the City of Melbourne.

“The pop-up library series will provide active spaces for the community to relax, connect and exchange knowledge and ideas,” Creative Melbourne portfolio lead Cr Jamal Hakim said. 

Encouraging visitors of the library to explore the delicious range of produce and meals at the market, the Elizabeth St pop-up makes food a focal point through food-themed author talks and workshops. 

Containing a collection of 1400 books, food-centric and not, the pop-up also contains a unique Make It Space for “creatives to gather and hone their skill sets”. A creative space that will be highlighted within all the libraries. 

“The Make It Space will offer sewing machines, laser cutters and badge makers as well as borrowable items including robotics kits, microphones and drawing tablets,” Cr Hakim said.

Supported by both the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government, the pop-up library series is part of the Melbourne City Revitalisation’s $200 million fund – an initiative aimed at helping to support the city’s creative arts and culture sector and renew city spaces.

“These unique, themed pop-ups will attract new members while revitalising vacant shop fronts,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said. 

The Feed Your Mind collaboration will continue to remain in place until mid-2022, and the first location is already being recognised by the Lord Mayor as an ideal space to “nourish your mind with knowledge”. 

“Budding chefs, university students and parents with mouths to feed can all get involved with workshops and book clubs, and learn from our wonderful librarians,” she said. 

“I encourage all city visitors to get inspired at our pop-up library and then visit Queen Victoria Market to pick up some fresh fruit and vegies – what an iconic Melbourne experience.”

The library can be found at 510 Elizabeth St between 10am and 6pm from Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on the weekend. 

Further pop-up libraries will continue to be revealed over the course of summer •

Image: City of Melbourne

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