If you live in Sydney’s Inner West, then it’s time to celebrate because the new Marrickville Library and Pavilion is open.
The new library building integrates contemporary design and technology with the original, conserved heritage elements of the main hospital building. It is uncompromising with regards to sustainability, with recycled elements wherever possible and clever design features that reduce energy consumption.
Due to an increase in library shelving space over 20,000 new books will be added to the current collection taking the collection to 85,000 books. For the first time, there will be a robotic collection available to borrow.
The entire second floor is dedicated to the Council’s historic art book collection that until now – due to space issues – has not been easily accessible to the public.
The new library includes:
- 3,600m² of purpose-built library and event space spread over three storeys
- 1,200m² of landscaped outdoor garden and a 100m² children’s playground
- Local coffee legends, Double Roasters café with indoor and outdoor seating areas
- 1,230+ linear metres of shelving for the library collection
- Six small study rooms ideal for group assignments or private study.
- The Pavilion is a large event room for hire with full conference facilities and full size catering kitchen
- Conferencing facilities and the latest technology designed for meetings and learning are available via 3 learning rooms
- 58 underground car parking spaces including 5 accessible spots and a loading dock
- Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the library
- Printing facilities
- 26 public computers, 6 of those complete with Adobe Suite
- A technology teaching area
For more information about facilities, tours and events visit the website here.