Lithgow Library will undergo an extensive internal refurbishment following its successful application for Public Library Infrastructure grant funding from the Library Council of NSW, administered by the State Library of NSW.
The competitive annual grants are open to all NSW Councils every year and are part of the NSW Government’s commitment to public libraries. Lithgow Library is one of twenty-one successful recipients this year with its application to provide a more functional, flexible, futureproofed space.
“Libraries are becoming community hubs. Places where you can not only get books and other resources for free, but also a place to meet, learn and create. This exciting development will help to futureproof Lithgow Library,” said Mayor Maree Statham. “I am looking forward to seeing the end result”.
Lithgow Library has been in the Main Street building since 2004 using these funds, a new internal design based around flexibility will be created using mobile shelving, flexible furniture, and updated technology creating areas for both large events and quiet spaces.
Surveys conducted on library use in 2021 and 2022 reinforced the need for better seating, study options and quiet spaces. Presentation and video conference technology including projectors and screens both in the event space and meeting room will also provide an effective platform for discussion, information sharing and other group-based activities, creating a more collaborative space.
The project is scheduled for completion by June 2024. For more information on Lithgow City Council Libraries contact the library on 6352 9100 or head to the library webpage at library.lithgow.com