The new world-class Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter will provide a free, purpose-built space for children and families to read, learn and play.

In January 2019 Gandel Philanthropy donated $2 million to State Library Victoria to support the development of the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter.

It will be an amazing space, designed with a two-level storybook castle, reading nooks, a makerspace, a running track, pram parking, upgraded family rooms and a brand new browsing children’s book collection.

This generous Gandel Philanthropy donation will also be used to create free programs, especially for children aged 5 to 12, that will enhance literacy skills and nurture a love of reading in young people.

Different areas in the space will be designed for different age groups, and have been informed by ideas from kids themselves.
There’ll be a suite of innovative programming delivered in the space year round and will incorporate Auslan, languages other than English and livestreaming so that more children across Victoria can join in and benefit.

The top floor is designed for children aged 8-12. The ground floor is designed for 0-7 with a tactile, sensory landscape and easy access to upgraded family rooms, toilets, change rooms and accessibility by stairs or lift. The Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter focus is on enhancing literacy by combining playful elements that appeal to children’s fantasy, stimulating a love of reading, learning and play from the earliest age.

It will include:

  • a storytelling area
  • reading nooks
  • a creative maker’s space
  • a new children’s literature collection
  • a lounge area
  • a learning area
  • an education zone for school groups
  • livestreaming