Libraries are a wonderful community resource and, with their ever-broadening scope of activities, they can also be a wonderful way of building and strengthening a sense of community.
Earlier this week I unveiled the City's $1.2 million renovation of Kings Cross Library. Opening a new second level has transformed the library into a modern, hi-tech space with new computers, wi-fi lounge area and facilities for adult learning.
The new level 2 at Kings Cross Library provides:
- Lounge chairs and seating with power points for personal devices and wi-fi use;
- Tables and chairs with power points for reading and laptop or device use;
- A bank of PCs with free internet access;
- Meeting room;
- IT training room for computer classes;
- Function area with space for 50 people;
- Space for magazines, newspapers and community notices; and
- Exhibition and art hanging space.
The new floor will also be used for popular library programs, such as Late Night Library, Authors up the Cross, film screenings, children's story time readings and adult digital media education courses. Details of up-coming events can be found at http://www.coslibrary.eventbrite.com.au/
There are no books on the new floor. Instead, it offers lounges and comfortable seating with power points for personal devices and Wi-Fi, as well as tables and chairs with power points for laptops.
There's an increased number of PCs for public use and for those who need it, an IT training room with space for 16 learners.
There is also a meeting room, a function area with space for 50 people, a display area and an art hanging system with historical photographs.
Since I've been Mayor, we've given a lot of attention to our libraries including commissioning the award-winning Surry Hills Library, and most recently, holding a design competition for the Green Square Library and Plaza that will give us a stunning new library and public space in this fast-developing area.
I hope this refurbishment of the Kings Cross Library will help it meet the needs of this great community for many years to come.