Li­brary closed for ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment

Fremantle Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

SPEARWOOD Li­brary is set to get a facelift and is closed to users for a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment.

The li­brary closed last month and will re­open on March 6 as part of the $280,000 project.

City of Cock­burn li­brary ser­vices man­ager Linda Sey­mour said the new de­sign would cre­ate more space for seat­ing and meet­ing places.

“The new de­sign will meet the in­creased de­mand for phys­i­cal space in li­braries due to the mul­ti­plic­ity of peo­ple’s needs, such as Wi-Fi ac­cess, group meet­ing places and study ar­eas,” Mrs Sey­mour said.

“We will achieve vi­brancy and colour through car­pet re­place­ment and new fur­ni­ture in what will be the first ren­o­va­tions since 2008.

“New er­gonomic li­brary shelv­ing will have a smaller foot­print than ex­ist­ing shelv­ing and will be mo­bile to eas­ily meet the li­brary’s chang­ing needs over time.”

The new-look li­brary will in­clude a meet­ing room for pre­sen­ta­tions, a com­puter pro­gram­ming club for young peo­ple and a Lego club.

A new small room will help de­liver a Jus­tice of the Peace ser­vice, Read Write Now lit­er­acy tu­tor­ing and a Tax Help ser­vice.

A sec­tion of the mag­a­zine room will be en­closed to cre­ate a quiet read­ing area, a fa­cil­ity that has been re­quested in sur­veys by li­brary users due to the noise gen­er­ated at chil­dren’s story time and pram jam ses­sions.

All items bor­rowed from Spearwood Li­brary dur­ing Jan­uary will have an ex­tended loan pe­riod un­til March 9.

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