Meredith Wallace, General Manager of Rockdale City Library said that this new Library was 32 years in the making and they have now created a community hub - a place to learn, discover and make.
Over its three floors, the Library has a wide range of spaces for individual, as well as group collaboration and meeting places.
Tech hubs are scattered throughout the organically-shaped desks and seating options, with tabletop points for charging laptops and devices.
On the first floor is the Children's Library. Books are housed in tree-shaped shelves, amongst nooks and crannies for curling into with a book. Seating here includes squishy mounds for small bodies to lean or sit on. One of my favourite spots was under the central tree with a super, soft, nobby floor covering that littlies are going to love squishing between their fingers. This space also includes an interactive space with video projected activities to keep the kids busy between stories.
The second and third floors house the community language collections, audio books and non-fiction collections.These floors also include a chill zone with comfortable chairs and lounges overlooking busy Princes Highway below, and a Techno area with 18 computers that can be used by visitors as well as Library members. The third floor also includes a gorgeous timber-lined local history study area, meeting rooms and a terrace for functions.
The Library also has a cafe for refreshment breaks and includes the most current technology for looking up resources and self-serve borrowing.
Rockdale City Library opens to the public this Saturday, 30th July from 9am. Make a day of it and take the whole family to explore your new public library and its many community programs - all for free!