The E H Parker Library (Subiaco Library) has reopened after its first major interior refurbishment in 17 years.
There were kids craft activities, guided tours and free library bags to celebrate opening day with all members of the community invited along to see the new flexible space and community hub.
The refurbishment was a response to community feedback and changing needs, and has brought the library up-to-date with current expectations and uses.
Focussing on functionality, the renovation increased the number of public computers, included more plugs for laptops and other portable devices, and nearly doubled the former seating capacity using clever design.
The refurbishment was in response to the 2017 Library Services Survey, along with anecdotal feedback from customers and staff, which called for more quiet space and varied seating throughout the library.
The refurbishment kicked off 2 December 2019 and was completed over the summer holiday period when the library is traditionally quieter so as to reduce the impact on customers. A pop-up library operated during the closure period in the Subiaco Community Centre.
City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said the opening of the refurbished library marked an exciting time for the local community.
“It’s important for us to be able to provide contemporary services and facilities for locals to enjoy, and this refurbishment has brought the much-loved library into the present,” she said.
“Libraries not only provide somewhere to read but also a space to relax, meet people and expand your mind.”
The library was originally opened on 25 February 1971 by Sir Paul Hasluck who was Governor General of Australia at the time, and officially named after the first woman mayor in Western Australia, Evelyn H Parker.
For more information, including opening hours, visit the Subiaco Library webpage.