By Nick Cook
Hornsby Library is about to undergo a significant makeover, becoming larger and more attractive.
A brand new children’s area, along with new spaces for events and computer sessions, are just some of the changes that will be made.
“The library will have an entirely new look that will make it even more welcoming and useful to the many people who patronise it,” Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Ruddock said.
“All sorts of steps are being taken, from rearranging the various collections to adding more power points so people can use their laptops and other devices more conveniently.
“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the makerspace that will be created, where people can undertake classes in various crafts such as jewellery making or coding with robots.”
Most library services will continue while the work is carried out in stages, beginning with the outer edges of the public space.
When that is finished the library will operate in the newly refurbished areas while work continues in the centre.
“There is bound to be some disruption, but the excellent library staff are going out of their way to make sure this is kept to an absolute minimum,” Mayor Ruddock said.
“I ask all library patrons to please be patient while these steps are taking to vastly improve your experience at our flagship library.”
The work is expected to be completed by the middle of 2021.
During the period of construction the library will open at 11am from Monday to Saturday and at 2pm on Sundays.
There will be brief closures of the library, which will be announced when the dates are confirmed.