Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:55

Focus on: Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre

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Bankstown City Council’s state-of-the-art Library and Knowledge Centre has created a vibrant, welcoming community hub – more than doubling visitor numbers since opening 12 months ago.

Featuring new conference rooms, study spaces, multi-media room, children’s corner, café and 300-seat theatre, the new facility is much more than a standard local library.

Following its first year of operations, the number of visitors has more than doubled under the new facility, from 300,000 to 663,000 visitors.

Bankstown Mayor Linda Downey said the record number of visitors is proof the investment that has gone into building the centre has been more than worth it.

“Not many places can boast these kinds of results so that’s something our city should be proud of,” said Ms Downey.

Local resident Mo Zhang is one of the thousands of library members enjoying the new facility and resources.

“I think the new facility is fantastic,” said Mrs Zhang. “In the old library, we’d come along for the Baby Rhyme Time but then there wasn’t much else we could do.”

“Now we can hang around and enjoy all the other activities the new children’s library offers,” she said.

According to Mayor Downey there is more to come “This is only the start - we have more programs planned for our members and to continue the work that has been done so far,” she said.

Not just a place for books, the library features a wide range of e-Resources and multimedia facilities giving easy access to eMusic and Audio, eBooks, eMags and IT services.

A space dedicated to local history has also proven popular, with electronic and hardcopy versions of archived photography, newspapers and film readily available.

“We have run several family history sessions where residents can trace their local roots,” said Ms Downey.

It is the 300-seat Bryan Brown theatre that really sets this building apart.

Named in honour of Australian actor Bryan Brown, who grew up in the Bankstown local area, the theatre is an ideal venue for nurturing upcoming artists, local productions, as well as community meetings and private events.

“The Centre has even hosted a session of the ABC’s Q&A program,” said Ms Downey.

“Beyond the services this facility offers, we are also proud to have commissioned a design that is not only visually striking, but boasts strong sustainability credentials as well,” she said.

From energy-efficient cooling, to salvaged materials, rainwater collection, and a three-metre high green wall, Bankstown’s Library and Knowledge Centre is was built with the environment in mind.

“A lot of thought has gone into making this building something our council and our community can be proud of,” said Ms Downey.

“Our residents know we’ve got an amazing facility and now we’re getting people from all across Sydney coming along after hearing about what a great centre we have,” she said.

 Collection of images: 1. A man wearing a black cap scanning a book shelf in the library. 2. Two young girls reading in a green egg chair. 3. Looking down from the top level of the Bansktown Library and Knowledge Centre onto work stations on the ground level. 4. People sitting in the Bankstown theatrette.

Images courtesy of Bankstown City Council.

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