Mayor welcomes $200,000 library grant

Published Friday, 19th February 2016

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone has welcomed news of a $200,000 Public Library Infrastructure Grant to upgrade Whitlam Library in Cabramatta.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Western Sydney Ray Williams announced the grant on Thursday.

Mayor Carbone said the upgrade would include building a café and remodelling the ground floor.

“This grant will help Council to transform the library into a modern facility that maximises the utility of the available space,” he said. “The emphasis is to create people spaces where customers can enjoy coffee while interacting in modern settings that reflect the evolving role of libraries. Whitlam Library will become a dynamic space focusing on people spaces and the latest technologies.

“The grant will support Council's commitment to modernising the Library. Council has already implemented elements of Open Libraries by introducing free wi-fi and free use of PCs and iPads.”

Plans are also in hand for technology hubs, a smart bar, TV viewing areas, study spaces and lounge areas.

“The aim is to provide in-demand services on the ground floor to support a trial of potentially opening the Library 24/7,” Mayor Carbone said.

Other elements of the upgrade include the removal of the front service counter, which supports older collection-based lending services that are not conducive to self-checkout and mobile customer service.

“The refurbishment of Whitlam Library will create an exciting, modern facility,” Mayor Carbone said.


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