THE doors of the new Bendigo Library have opened.
City of Greater Bendigo councillors and library staff welcomed a crowd of people into the new facilities on Tuesday.
The $9 million redevelopment includes flexible multi-purpose zones, a dedicated children's space, upgraded technology and a coffee shop.
Library manager Vivien Newton said staff were relieved to have finally settled into the new facilities.
"It is lovely to already see people in the library exploring and discovering," she said.
"It is really exciting to have finally opened."
Elmore's Elizabeth Read and her daughter Poppy, 8, were among the first to use the library.
Poppy said she was looking forward to the variety of books on offer.
"It is very exciting," she said.
"There are lots of new books."
Ms Read said the family travel from Elmore regularly to use the facilities.
Councillor Rod Fyffe said the library was state-of-the-art and a facility that would service the Greater Bendigo region for years to come.
"This will be one of the flagship libraries right throughout Victoria," he said.
"It will be one for the 21st century, that is one of the things we were keen to do when we set out to redevelop the library.
"It was to make it flexible, it was to make it up-to-date and encourage people to come in, whether you can read, can't read, whether you want to look for information, or not - it's here for the people."