An extensive refurbishment of the Wallsend Library will enhance library members’ experience as part of ongoing investments into Newcastle’s library network.
The project is the latest in a program of works that have seen the City of Newcastle invest $7 million into libraries during the past five years, with $865,000 allocated in the draft 2022/23 Budget.
It follows other infrastructure upgrades, including the renovation and introduction of OPEN+ technology to facilitate extended community access at Lambton Library and the establishment of the city’s first Digital Library in Newcastle West.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Declan Clausen, said libraries played an important role in local communities.
“Wallsend Library hasn’t undergone a major renovation since opening in 2006, so it’s fantastic to improve the amenity of our largest branch through this current refurbishment project,” Cr Clausen said.
“We’ve listened to member and staff feedback to inform the work, which will provide improved access to technology and create additional spaces like private study spaces, a quiet room, and creative and collaboration areas.
“The refurbishment will prioritise sustainability, collaboration and creativity by delivering an improved library that can cater for vibrant events and programs that celebrate culture, partnerships, inclusion and diversity.”
The project will also deliver enhanced flexibility for multi-use spaces through mobile shelving, lightweight furniture and innovative book displays to allow broader use of the Wallsend Library for events and activities.
Wallsend Library will be closed from Monday, June 6, to accommodate the work, with the project expected to be completed by the end of July.
During the closure period, members will be able to access many library services such as reservations, returns, Grab and Go collection and printing from a pop-up service onsite.
The pop-up service will be operating from Tuesday, June 14.
Information source: City of Newcastle