Li­brary re­opens with a new look

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

AF­TER a five-week clo­sure for ren­o­va­tions, Spearwood Li­brary has re­opened.

Peo­ple streamed in and out of the li­brary all day, bor­row­ing twice as many items than usual.

Staff were kept busy pro­cess­ing re­turns and is­su­ing 1237 items, com­pared to the daily av­er­age of 637 items bor­rowed.

The $280,000 ren­o­va­tion pro­gram in­cluded a re­design of space to meet re­quests for more seats, meet­ing and quiet study ar­eas, er­gonomic shelv­ing, bright car­pets, fresh paint and funky fur­ni­ture.

City of Cock­burn li­brary ser­vices man­ager Linda Sey­mour said it was the first ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment at the 42year-old li­brary since 2008.

“If cus­tomers’ com­ments are any­thing to go by, the re­fur­bish­ment has been a great suc­cess,” she said.

“Peo­ple em­pha­sised the new meet­ing and train­ing rooms, new shelv­ing, wel­com­ing lay­out and the colour and space in the chil­dren’s area, which was pleas­ing to hear.”

Celsa McGar­toll, who has been com­ing to the li­brary for more than 15 years, said the new-look li­brary was a credit to the staff and project team.

Bright car­pets and funky fur­ni­ture are among new things now at the li­brary.

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