Opening of new Melbourne library, narrm ngarrgu, and return of Koorie Heritage Trust

Melbourne's first new library in almost a decade opens and the renovated Koorie Heritage Trust centre returns.

Situated in the Queen Victoria Market precinct, the narrm ngarrgu library and family services centre opened this morning (Friday 24 November 2023). The flagship centre’s name is taken from a Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung phrase meaning ‘Melbourne knowledge’.  

One of Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists, Maree Clarke, was present at the unveiling of a suite of new public artworks. Her immersive artwork is at the heart of the site – in the main library, the carpet design is themed around the notion of ‘Walking on Country’, featuring contour maps of the five Kulin nations.  

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on