Parkes Shire Library is going to reinvent itself with an innovative and modern expansion project to deliver new dynamic art, cultural and education spaces including a gallery and an intergenerational maker space.
The award-winning library service is the Shire's main cultural space. The demand for cultural experiences and learning opportunities has outgrown the 18 year old building.
The new architecturally designed indoor and outdoor facility will provide an additional 455m2 of space including a gallery and intergenerational maker space, meeting rooms, additional space for children's programs, quiet study, places to connect with technology and 'green areas' - a space for everyone!
This project is a result of years of community consultation and feedback. More than 100 groups and organisations helped develop the concepts for the new facility, which will continue to meet the needs of the Shire and region, providing access to art and cultural experiences that are currently not available to our community.
While the exciting new library space is being built, Parkes Shire Library is relocating to 2/250 Clarinda Street, Parkes for a period of 12 months.
The Library will be closed from Monday 5 August until Sunday 1 September 2019 to allow us to relocate to our new space in Clarinda Street. Some of our services will continue to available during this period, including:
- On-line collections and resources
- Extended loan period
- Increased number of items that can be borrowed
- Returns chute available at existing library until 24 August and then move to 2/250 Clarinda Street from 26 August.
- Two computers will be made available for free public use at Parkes Shire Council's Administration Office at 2 Cecile Street, Parkes. Use will be limited to 30 minutes. Items can be scanned and faxed for free, or printed and photocopied at a cost, starting at $0.30.
The Branch libraries at Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore will continue to operate as normal.
Construction on the Library Expansion is set to commence early September 2019.
The $2.2 million Parkes Shire Library Expansion Project is funded through the NSW Government's Regional Cultural Fund, Public Library Infrastructure Grant, and Council.