Square deal for new li­brary

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

EAST Fre­man­tle res­i­dents will be able to ac­cess all of the new Fre­man­tle Li­brary’s ser­vices when it opens in Kings Square early next year.

The coun­cil agreed to sign a five-year deal, which in­cludes ac­cess to the cur­rent Fre­man­tle Li­brary based at Fre­man­tle Oval, at their Au­gust meet­ing.

Mayor Jim O’Neill said it was a win for res­i­dents.

“This agree­ment is a great re­sult for our Town, as they are able to ac­cess an ex­cit­ing range of print, on­line, early child­hood lit­er­acy ser­vices and dig­i­tal ser­vices at the City of Fre­man­tle Li­brary but at a frac­tion of what it would cost us to cre­ate such ser­vices lo­cally,” he said.

Mr O’Neill said the Town would pay an an­nual con­tri­bu­tion to the City of Fre­man­tle based on mem­ber­ship num­bers.

The deal in­cludes an op­tion to re­new in 2025.

The Town, which doesn’t have its own li­brary fa­cil­ity, al­lo­cated $150,000 for li­brary ser­vices in their 2020-21 bud­get.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad

Pet­titt last week de­scribed the Walyalup Civic Cen­tre and Li­brary be­ing built in Kings Square as a big stepup, both in mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties and size, and on track to be com­pleted for fit out by De­cem­ber.

“With dou­ble the floor space across var­i­ous in­door and out­door ar­eas, it will be a lot eas­ier for the team to ex­pand their pro­gram­ming and plan com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“In­side the li­brary build­ing will be var­i­ous book­able meet­ing spa­ces, a maker space, a ded­i­cated chil­dren’s zone, high­fo­cus study ar­eas, ca­sual read­ing lounges and an ex­hi­bi­tion space.

“There will also be dou­ble the num­ber of pub­lic com­put­ers and more ac­cess to power and data for per­sonal charg­ing and de­vice us­age.”

The li­brary’s book col­lec­tion is set to grow sig­nif­i­cantly, and ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (RFID) tech­nol­ogy will be im­ple­mented to make bor­row­ing and re­turn­ing more con­ve­nient.

It will also have more than 82,000 dig­i­tal items.

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