New City library expected to open in March
AS one chapter closes for the City of Perth Library, another one opens. The library building on William Street closed its doors for the last time over the weekend to facilitate the move to a new purpose-built facility by Subiaco contractor Doric. Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the new facility, which is expected to open in March, was the first major civic building to be constructed since the Perth Concert Hall was built nearly 40 years ago. “Our new City of Perth Library will cover 3500sq m and showcase a range of features over seven levels,” she said. “It will be home to our History Centre and include an exhibition space, collections, reading rooms, AV/multi-function rooms, story-telling zones plus virtual and digital resources. “It has been built next to the Perth Town Hall and is accessible from St Georges Terrace via the new Cathedral Square precinct in the heart of the City.” The library will include dedicated young adult and children’s levels, an outdoor terrace and a 90seat multifunction room. “Although books will continue to be integral at our new Library, its new home will provide more space for people to connect with each other, explore, learn, create, reflect and participate,” Ms Scaffidi said.
Library assistant Anna Teasdale is packing to make the move to new premises near the Perth Town Hall.