The City's award-winning Surry Hills Library and Community Centre has seen visitor numbers increase five fold since its redevelopment three years ago. More than 1.2 million people have visited the new building since the $19 million redevelopment was opened in June 2009.
More than 217,000 people passed through the doors in 2011 compared with 38,700 people during the previous library's final year of operation.
Membership over the last three years has grown by around 10,000 or an average of 275 people signing up each month with 384,529 books, toys and CDs loaned.
In the last three years our redevelopment has also won 15 national and international awards.
The Library has become a hub for the local community and helped turn Crown Street into a popular high street. But it's not just the building's striking design and green credentials that's attracting visitors â”€ it's the excellent services and programs on offer inside including our popular Late Night Library program of talks, film screenings and exhibitions.
The Late Night program was a new initiative introduced last year, often with at capacity crowds, and was awarded the top programs prize in the Marketing Awards for NSW Public Libraries.
The building was designed by Australian architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, and is a showcase of environmentally sustainable design, with features across its four floors, including an internal glass atrium, geothermal bores, a green roof, photovoltaic cells and water harvesting and re-use in place.