Bishop Mark Edwards OMI (former Mazenod student) officially blessed the O’Rourke Complex which included a new Library and Years 11 and 12 areas.
In early 2018, the Library moved to its new home located in a recently completed extension of the O’Rourke Building. Among the features of the new O’Rourke Library are flexible furniture and shelving, a reading area and a Study Hall which allows for a quiet space to study.
Official Blessing and Opening of the new library and teaching wing called the “O’Rourke Complex”. Sir Bernard Callinan (Chairman National Catholic Education Commission) and Fr Tom Doyle (Victorian Director of Catholic Education) were among the guests who attended.
In April, 1975, the new Library and canteen were officially opened in the College quadrangle. This was a significant step in the development of the school’s facilities. The blessing was jointly done by the Rector Fr Kevin Davine OMI and the local priests. The cost of the building was $118,000 with the Federal Government providing $35,000 in support. The architect was Mr Barry Bjorlsten of Stella and Sons and the builders were A.J. Richardson and Sons. The Senior Librarian at the time of the opening was Mrs Christine King.
The Mazenod College Board met for the first time and elected Mr Michael O’Rourke as its first Chairman. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1991. Mr O’Rourke was previously the President of the Mazenod College Council which disbanded following the signing of a new agreement between the Archbishop of Melbourne and the Oblates religious congregation who established Mazenod College. Michael O’Rourke played an important role in the development of the College and his contribution has been recognised in a number of ways including naming the first Library building the “O’Rourke Wing” when it opened in 1975. The current Library and Year 12 building is also named in his honour.
Mr Joseph Vilums was the first official Librarian at Mazenod College. He joined the College as a teacher in 1968 and used his spare time to develop the Library collection. Mr Vilums was also a skilled photographer who founded the Mazenod Camera Club in 1970 to instruct students on the art of photography including developing and printing.