Friday, 05 November 2021

Library turns 50 and you're invited to celebrate

Subiaco Library is turning 50 and the City is celebrating with a 70s-themed night of nostalgia.
Come along to the party at 6pm on Monday 22 November to take a trip down memory lane and see how the library has developed and changed over the decades since it first opened its doors in 1971.
Mingle with past managers, past mayors, and past staff and share your favourite memory of your time at Subiaco Library.
A brief timeline of Subiaco Library:
  • 1948 – a children’s library was set up in the infant health clinic on Onslow Road
  • 1951 – the children’s library joined the Mechanics Institute on the library’s current site (an old post office building)
  • 1968 –  Subiaco Library superseded the old Mechanics Institute and promptly increased membership four-fold
  • 1971 – the current library opened on the same site with its modern design (while it was built, the library relocated to the old Council Chambers).
Subiaco Library received a major interior refurbishment in February last year to keep up with the changing needs of the community and bring it up-to-date with current expectations and uses.
This included an increase in the number of public computers, and more plugs for laptops and other portable devices.
In the last decade, Subiaco Library has seen 1,081,175 people through the doors, despite the unusual circumstances of the past two years with lockdowns and restrictions.
There are currently 6101 active members of the library and 28,314 items in the library collection.
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