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Re(new)ed library spaces

In this blog post we take a look at some new or refurbished library spaces from across the NSW public library network.

From drab to fab!
Campbelltown library refurbishment of interior

New library space at the HJ Daley Library

Mary Jeftha, Campbelltown City Library Service, Branch Librarian - HJ Daley Library

A planned RFID installation at Campbelltown’s HJDaley Library was the impetus for 3Rs of different kind: Review, Redesign, Refurbish. The old customer desk was large (a metre high in part) situated near the entry. An unfriendly barrier for customers, it occupied prime real estate. It had to go!  This was replaced with a pod-desk and a modernized streamlined customer service model with concierge/roving roles and self-loan kiosks.

A ‘returns’ wall, with a beautiful “Welcome to Country” statement further enhanced customer focus. The improved lighting, signage, rendered walls, coffee/ laptop tables, and USB ports, added ambience and flexibility, accentuating the window and raked ceiling. Stylish modular lounge seating provides entry wayfinding.  What a joy to see the “WOW” on customer’s faces.  

The outcome: a welcoming space for everyone, to lounge with a newspaper, or use a laptop. As a customer said: “I love it,  feels like home”.  We can now add R,for Relax!

Taking the Stage in The Hills Pioneer Theatre Castle Hill

Erica Mellan, The Hills Shire Library Service

The Hills Shire Library Service is in the unique position of being able to host events in a newly opened boutique theatre below Castle Hill Library. The Pioneer Theatre is a 350 seat configurable performance space with state of the art retractable seating which means every seat in the house has a fantastic view.

We have taken the opportunity to utilise this space to host a series of high profile speakers including Kerry O’Brien, Christine Anu and Ben Quilty with hundreds of keen fans turning out to hear them speak.  By creating new partnerships with high profile publishers we will be expanding our theatre series to bring more bestselling authors to the Hills.

Waverley Library providing access to Smart Study Spaces

James Cruz, Waverley Library

Smart Study Space at Waverley Library

After being awarded a NSW Public Library Infrastructure Grant in 2018, Waverley Library has recently upgraded three of its meeting spaces which have remained technology free since the current building opened 20 years ago.

Large smart screens have been installed enhancing these rooms for community use. Screen sharing capability is being provided through both traditional cabled and Clickshare wireless technology so that students, start-ups and local entrepreneurs, who many not have their own suitable space or the ability to invest in collaborative technology set ups are able to access this in library spaces.  

Provision of this technology will encourage digital literacy and build connections within the community and it is anticipated that it will be used regularly by our regular reading and discussion groups.  Waverley is excited to now be able to offer our patrons more tools to discover, share and discuss projects in a professional setting.

Our Research Room Revealed

Lorraine Stacker, Penrith City Library

Research room at Penrith Library

During the National Trust's Heritage Festival, Penrith City Library opened its newly refurbished Research Room at the end of April. The theme this year was: Connecting People, Places and the Past - a perfect opportunity to show off our new research facility. Our event - Our Research Room Revealed - allowed the Research Services team time to not only show off its new Room to the community, but also to give the Room a test run with talks, presentations and tours.

Many local and family historians visited the Room and gained help with their research, especially on the local area. The staff were able to showcase the great local resources held at Penrith Library, including convict records from the 1830s and local government records dating back to 1871. Local historical groups also assisted during the week making it a perfect Heritage Week event.

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