The Bayswater Library opened its doors this morning with a brand new look after a $156,000 refurbishment. Improvements include fresh paint and flooring, contemporary new furniture, a bright new children's area, upgraded public computers and a more inviting layout.
City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the refurbished Library better-meets the needs of modern library users.
"Libraries offer so much more than just books. We're seeing people rely on the City's libraries as places to meet, learn and be creative.
"The Bayswater Library has been close to the hearts of the community since it opened some 50 years ago, and these long-awaited upgrades will ensure it remains a relevant and central part of our town centre.
"We've added more reading nooks, new public computers and study spaces, plus a colourful new Children's Library that will be home to the City's popular family programs. The whole space is now more inviting and inclusive," said Mayor Dan Bull.
The traditional service desk has been replaced with modern customer service 'pods' that are height adjustable and allow easier interaction between librarians and members. An upgraded study and quiet reading area is now located upstairs complete with new study desks and chairs. New computers are available for public use with free Wi-Fi.
Little library-lovers will be impressed with the new children's area – now located on the ground floor – complete with bright new multipurpose furniture, colourful book boxes and plenty of seating for parents and caregivers. The Library's popular family activities including Storytime and Rhymetime will take place in this new, easily accessible space.
There are a range of activities planned to celebrate the re-opening of the Bayswater Library. Families are invited to enjoy the new children's area with a Teddy Bear's Picnic on Friday 15 June from 10.30am.
The Bayswater Library boasts a collection of more than 20,000 resources including books, DVDs audiobooks and magazines.