The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (the Dome) is situated in central Geelong’s Little Malop Street precinct, adjacent to beautiful Johnstone Park. A thriving cultural centre, the area also includes the Geelong Gallery, Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Courthouse Youth Arts Centre. Geelong is a vibrant city full of creative hubs and fabulous eateries, and just a 60-minute drive from Melbourne. Geelong is also the gateway to the fabulous food and wine of the Bellarine Peninsula and the natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road.

Getting here – car, bus or train

Getting to the Dome is easy. It is located close to the Geelong train station and a short stroll from the Moorabool street bus interchange. Short-stay parking is available in Little Malop Street and on the Mercer Street end of Johnstone Park.

Public Café

Onsite café Public is the perfect place to gather, socialise, dine and relax during a break from your Word for Word program. With seating for 60 people, Public offers great coffee, food and wine. Open Monday to Friday: 8am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm.

Courthouse Arts Café

The Courthouse Arts Café is located a short walk away from the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre at the corner of Little Malop Street and Gheringhap Street. Open Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm, and for the festival weekend only, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm.


There are public toilet facilities located on every level of the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre except for the Administration section on level 4. A special Parents’ Room with toileting facilities, change table and feeding chair is also available on level 1.


A limited number of public lockers are available for use free of charge throughout the day, located on the ground floor.

The Balcony

Need some fresh air? Enjoy unrivalled views of Corio Bay and the You Yangs from the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre’s expansive balcony. Open every day during the Word for Word Festival, weather conditions permitting.


The Dome is fully accessible for people of all abilities. Access to the building is available through large double doors at the main street entrance or a ramp at the park-side entrance to allow for access from Johnstone Park.

The building is serviced by two large elevators and there is a hand railing on the stairwell which leads up through the 5 public levels. The corridors are wide and the rooms are spacious with plenty of room for access and movement throughout.

Click here for full Geelong Library & Heritage Centre accessibility information.


Masterclasses are being held at various community branches of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation network and the Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre in Torquay. 

Click on the links below for detailed venue information. 

Bannockburn Library – 25-27 High Street, Bannockburn

Belmont Library – 163 High Street, Belmont

Queenscliff Library – 55 Hesse Street, Queenscliff

Waurn Ponds Library – 230 Pioneer Road, Grovedale

Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre – 12 Merrijig Drive, Torquay