By Christopher Parsons
The much-loved Hornsby Library reopened to the public at 10am on Tuesday 8 February as a multi-million-dollar upgrade nears completion. The newly completed internal layout greatly improves its amenity and accessibility.
The long-anticipated $4.7 million makeover sees Hornsby Library re-emerge as more welcoming, more flexible and with more places to read, relax, connect, create and discover.
The Library’s extensive collection of resources has been refreshed around a variety of seating areas. There is a wide selection of new resources to browse. “Our new look Hornsby Library can now resume its vital role as a community hub, supporting community book clubs, study spaces, author talks, children’s storytimes, and many other activities,” said Mayor Ruddock.
The Hornsby Library upgrade is funded from development contributions, the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program, and external grants from the State Library.
Hornsby Shire Council’s four Libraries at Hornsby, Pennant Hills, Galston and Berowra typically welcome over 700,000 Library visits each year. All four Hornsby Shire Libraries are now open, with reduced operating hours due to the ongoing COVID environment.
Masks are required when visiting a Hornsby Shire Library. “Our dedicated staff are keen to welcome back our many patrons – and show them around the newly upgraded facilities at Hornsby Library – one of the Shire’s most popular, best-loved social hubs,” said Mayor Ruddock.