Half a century for Nedlands library
NEDLANDS Library had only been open four years when librarian Carmel Wright first walked through its doors in 1969.
As one of the City’s longest-standing employees, Ms Wright will help celebrate the Nedlands Library 50th anniversary with a series of community events and celebrations next week.
“A great deal has happened in that time; it’s amazing where the years skip to,” the Mosman Park resident said. “Technology has changed in every direction. “Back then, we used the old Browne Issue System with borrowing cards, but of course everything is automated and online now. That said, the building itself hasn’t changed much at all.”
Nedlands Library was the innovation of former mayor John Smith and was officially opened on July 23, 1965 by Governor General Douglas Kendrew.
Mayor Max Hipkins said it would be a pleasure to take part in the library’s 50th celebrations.
“My fondest library memories are reading to my children at bedtime and encouraging them to read with the aid of library books,” he said.
Now based at Mt Claremont Library, Ms Wright, a senior customer service operator, said she loved that people still read books.
“I know there are different formats now, but people still enjoy a book in their hands,” she said.
“It has been really lovely to see visitors grow up and bring their own kids in over the years.”
NEDLANDS LIBRARY 50TH EVENTS
Carmel Wright says technology has transformed libraries, but people still love holding a book in their hands.