Handbells created to mark the Centenary of Federation in 2001 are set to be available to the public from Whittlesea library.

The Federation Handbells were created as a part of a public art project and are part of a suite of bells commissioned by the state government, which included the Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr.

More than 2000 handbells were made, comprising 80 sets which are available for loan to the public. A program has since been set up to allow people to view and use the bells, continuing the legacy of their commission.

Last week, the government announced that libraries at Whittlesea, Frankston and Bendigo would be set up as inaugural handbell hubs. Each hub will house one set.

Yan Yean MP Danielle Green said the handbells allowed people of all ages and skill to engage in music.

“The Federation Bells played a key role in marking our past and we are ensuring they are maintained and accessible in the future,” she said.

“I look forward to the enjoyment our local community will get through the workshops and programs that will educate us about our local history.”