Additions to the facility include a Creative Lab, children’s space, public artworks, southern entry, and exhibition space. The City’s Local History Collection will also relocate to the library from its current spot at Wireless Hill Museum.
Customers can enjoy new lounge seating, quiet study areas and three new meeting rooms which can be booked and used after-hours. The shelving has been re-spaced to accommodate all of the previous collection, plus many new titles, and ‘Read’n’Ride’ exercise bikes have been installed, which allow customers to read while exercising.
City of Melville Deputy Mayor Mayor Matthew Woodall said users can expect innovative and integrated experiences at the new AH Bracks Library + Creative Space, which has undergone a temporary name change to reflect its new position as a creative hub.
“The new AH Bracks Library + Creative Space is more than just a library. We have brought together art, technology, local history, science, literature and creativity into one location to create a true creative space,” Deputy Mayor Woodall said.
“In our new Creative Lab, the community can participate in hands-on art, craft and technology workshops. It also serves as a space where students, creatives and those looking for a creative workspace can meet and collaborate.
“Our new StoryHouse dedicated children’s space gives parents and their children a dedicated room where they can share moments together, either through storytelling, children’s activities/workshops or play. The room also features one of our new public artworks, a whimsical mural by Ian Mutch that portrays play, shared culture, inspiration, learning and belonging.
“Our local history service will be based at the revitalised facility, giving the community the opportunity to discover their past with our local history officer on Tuesdays or by appointment. Our Local History Collection will also be located on-site, with items from the collection on regular display in our Curiosity Cabinet located in the northern entrance.
“That’s not all though. Near our customer service area, our aim is to host regular art and museum exhibitions, so the community can experience art outside of traditional spaces, such as art galleries and museums. That area is also home to our second public art piece, a compelling suspended artwork by Alex Fossilo, which helps create a sense of place representative of the City of Melville and its collective identity.
“We are very excited to open the new AH Bracks Library + Creative Space and invite the community to check it out and experience all it has to offer.”
As a result of the re-opening, the AH Bracks Temporary Library will close from Monday, 3 September, and from Monday,10 September the Civic Square Library will return to normal hours and the Little Library Box at Hawaiian Melville (formally Melville Plaza) will be handed over to Hawaiian.
For more information on the revitalised AH Bracks Library + Creative Space, including the full events and activities program along with opening hours, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/libraries.