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Reimagining the future of our libraries

There are 5 libraries in the City of Charles Sturt.

We have an opportunity to reimagine how our libraries work – and before we make any changes, we will connect and engage with you as our community.

Libraries have evolved from just books and information to places with access to technology, free internet, learning opportunities, business engagement and community activities.

Many library collections are in electronic formats, like online information databases, e-books and e-magazines.

With the One Card Network, collections are moving away from the concept of ‘local’ holdings to an accessible State Wide collection of 4 million items.

The way communities interact with libraries is changing, and our Charles Sturt libraries need to respond strategically and operationally to these changes to meet community and industry expectations.

Across all of our libraries, there has been a gradual decline in visitation while the annual operating costs have been gradually increasing (rents, electricity, employee costs).

While we haven’t finalised our strategy yet, we have shaped our future outlook on branch specialisation and differentiation of services.

Before we make any changes, we will connect and engage with you as our community.

West Lakes Facility 

Charles Sturt has started planning for the first of these reimagined libraries at the exciting new West Lakes Community Facility.

The facility will bring together the existing West Lakes Library and the Community Centre services under one roof, creating a vibrant, attractive and modern facility that will enhance the connections and creativity within our community.

The vision is to create a next-generation, integrated community place that is recognised as a centre of excellence for literacy, learning, innovation and discovery. We want to create a place where the community can meet, connect, share or just relax.

We are interested in designing spaces that meet community needs like programs, library collections, digital technologies and indoor and outdoor spaces. Most importantly, we want to meet the needs of diverse groups in our community at different times of the day and night.

Feedback from you about important elements in the facility can be found in our consultation reports.

In September 2019 contracts were signed with Commercial & General to build the West Lakes Facility as part of the WEST development.

The project value is $8.2m (net $5m cost to Council). It is scheduled for completion by September 2021.

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