New City li­brary ex­pected to open in March

Western Suburbs Weekly - - NEAR YOU -

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.

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