Community invited to envision libraries of the future

20 Oct 2020

Community members are being encouraged to share their visions of how Newcastle Libraries’ spaces and services might be made even better in the future.

City of Newcastle is conducting early engagement to inform the development of a Contemporary Libraries Infrastructure Plan (CLIP) to meet the community’s evolving needs and expectations for libraries for the future.

The Library Satisfaction and Infrastructure Survey opened today and aims to measure current satisfaction levels with the Libraries’ online and branch services, understand expectations around access to help and expert advice, as well as how the community accesses library services both now and into the future, including ideas for co-location and pop-up venues across the city.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said libraries were no longer a place to simply borrow items, but a place to gather and exchange ideas and information, foster lifelong learning and preserve information and culture for future generations.

“Our Libraries are multi-functional community spaces where you can research a history project, borrow the latest books and DVDs on-the-go, and access cutting-edge technology like the 3D printer and digital story wall available at the City’s newest Digital Library at the City Administration Centre,” Cr Nelmes said.

“In addition, the City’s expansive e-Library collection and large range of information and learning databases complement the Newcastle Libraries App and Home Library Service, which means your library is available 24/7 – anytime, anywhere.

“Feedback from this survey will help guide future projects and initiatives in line with Newcastle Libraries’ adopted 10-year strategic plan to 2029, which identifies the need for new and refreshed infrastructure to support the Libraries’ evolution.”

Manager Libraries and Learning, Suzie Gately, said the survey would also identify factors that would encourage people to use library services more often.

“Our aim is to better understand the needs, experiences and behaviours of those who currently use our libraries, as well as those who currently do not but who might in the future,” Ms Gately said.

“This aligns with our strategic plan to create vibrant, safe and active public places for all. So, tell us, what does your library of the future look like?”

The Library Satisfaction and Infrastructure Survey is open until Tuesday 3 November. Visit the website to have your say.