Mayor launches $450,000 library renovations

Published Friday, 28th July 2017

From Left: Cameron Morley, Acting Executive Director State Library of NSW, Mayor FRank Carbone and Fairfield City Council City Manager Alan Young.
From Left: Cameron Morley, Acting Executive Director State Library of NSW, Mayor Frank Carbone and Fairfield City Council City Manager Alan Young.

Fairfield City Council’s Whitlam Library in Cabramatta has received a $450,000 makeover, which was officially opened by Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone today.

Mayor Carbone said the refurbishment had taken place over two years and the result was a modern and innovative library that met changing technical and community needs.

“People come to our libraries looking for different needs,” Mayor Carbone said. “We’ve created a hub where people can come together to spend some time, use the latest technology and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

“We’re breaking down the barriers to provide a better user experience for our residents.”
The refurbishment includes new furniture in the adult areas downstairs, such as new lounge seating, whiteboards, some shelving and display fixtures and the Smart Bar (for customer service). The lounge seating has built-in charging facilities for smart phones, tablets and laptops. 

Mayor Carbone said libraries had evolved from short-stay lending facilities to long-stay community hubs.

“People need refreshments, so a new café offers outdoor as well as indoor seating for customers, who can now relax with food and covered drinks while they undertake study and other learning opportunities, view exhibitions or partake in the myriad other services provided by the library.”

Also new was “The Alcove”, a performance space where musicians with acoustic instruments could entertain customers. It also afforded opportunity for budding musicians to display their prowess and gain performance experience.

Mayor Carbone thanked the Library Council of NSW which, through the State Library of NSW, helped fund the refurbishment with a $200,000 grant.

“Applying for the grant was a competitive process. The $200,000 is the maximum amount available under the Library Development Grants and Council was pleased to receive it,” he said.

“The look, feel, and services provided by Whitlam Library are now a far cry from two years ago. The Library is now a multi-faceted venue that meets the community’s expectation of great design, more space, strong amenities, of popular programs and staff support.”