Newcastle Library to close for $1.3m upgrade

Artist's impressions of the new Newcastle City Council. Picture: Newcastle City Council

Artist's impressions of the new Newcastle City Council. Picture: Newcastle City Council

NEWCASTLE Library will close for almost a fortnight as part of a restock and upgrade. 

The War Memorial Cultural Centre, which houses the library, is receiving a grand re-opening to mark its 60th anniversary. 

It will shut from October 3 until October 14 as part of the works, which begin September 30. 

The local history library will also be closed ahead of the October 16 re-opening.  

"This is an exciting time for Newcastle Library as the final work is done on its transformation into a facility befitting the digital age," Newcastle City Council interim chief executive Jeremy Bath said.

"The original design and layout of the facility catered to manual record keeping of the 1960s and a catchment area of around 150,000 people, so it's a timely upgrade ahead of the building's Diamond anniversary.”

Artist's impressions of the new Newcastle City Council. Picture: Newcastle City Council

Artist's impressions of the new Newcastle City Council. Picture: Newcastle City Council

Work started in April to modernise the library, including a “makerspace’ showcasing digital technology on the first floor. 

The building will also accommodate collaborative work and study areas under the $1.3 million changes. 

Space to read and research will grow about 85 square metres, with quiet spaces and a children’s zone also included. 

The after-hours return chute will remain open to accept the return of items during the 11-day closure. 

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