In September 2017 the Hansen Little Foundation announced a $3.5 million gift to the State Library of Victoria’s Vision 2020 building redevelopment. The Foundation’s gift will fund the creation of Hansen Hall, a vibrant, new technology enabled space where library visitors can eat, drink, converse and carry out their work at the same time. Hansen Hall will represent the best features of a 21st century library in a lively and dynamic area.
The gift will also fund the Library’s new Conversation Quarter, a high-tech venue equipped with two-way digital broadcast technology to take library events and programs to schools and homes around Australia and bring the world’s best events and experiences to Melbourne.
Hansen Hall and the Conversation Quarter are due to open in 2019 and we envisage that our gift will create a safe and inviting environment, a place to study, interact and collaborate whilst promoting long and rewarding relationships for all future visitors to our iconic and treasured State Library of Victoria.