Square deal for new library
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.