The heart of the Hub is a new library/community centre and child care facility.
Together with the park, shopping and dining areas these will create a vibrant new centre for Lindfield residents and surrounding suburbs.
The new Hub will stimulate local businesses and showcase design excellence in Ku-ring-gai. In short, it will be a great space for people of all ages to enjoy!
Libraries are changing
Libraries are now interactive places that reflect our changing society - catering for all ages, backgrounds and digitally sophisticated. Libraries will continue to provide a quiet, reflective space for reading and learning but increasingly will be a meeting space for the local community.
The value of libraries
Studies show the value of libraries:
- As a cultural hub and focal point for the community.
- As functional and multipurpose with a range of activities.
- Enabling user-friendly access to the latest technology.
- Providing areas for relaxation, research, leisure and learning.
- Bringing effective and efficient delivery of services.
- Encouraging people to cooperate and meet changing community needs.
- Contributing to environmental sustainability.
In Ku-ring-gai, Gordon Library is the only library facility keeping pace with changing needs.
A report into Ku-ring-gai library services in 2018 found:
- There is a significant shortfall in space, meaning Ku-ring-gai libraries can’t provide modern services.
- The libraries in St Ives, Turramurra and Lindfield are too small and not capable of serving wider customer catchments.
- St Ives Library is seriously overcrowded.
- Turramurra Library is somewhat overcrowded and outdated in terms of finishes, fit-out and furniture.
- Lindfield Library is the poorest in terms of space, condition, layout and functionality.
The study recommends the branch libraries be rebuilt and renovated, or in the long term the shortfall of quality library spaces will disadvantage residents.
New library services are a key part of the Activate Ku-ring-gai program of town centre revitalisation for major population centres in Ku-ring-gai.
Lindfield Village Hub will deliver Ku-ring-gai’s first library of the future!
Did you know?
- Visits to libraries in NSW have grown by 24% to almost 36 million per year over the past 10 years. Around 46% of the NSW population are registered library members.
- NSW State Library has identified building social capital as the top trend in designing library services. Increasingly libraries are a social anchor and a ‘third place’ where people can chill out, plug in, meet up, read a magazine, listen to music, buy coffee or learn a new skill.
- The Lindfield Community Facilities Study found that a new library of 1,250sqm (along with a multipurpose community centre) was required in Lindfield to meet the needs of its growing population.
Great library spaces in Sydney
Across Sydney new libraries are opening as part of larger hub developments. Some of the great library spaces include:
- Woollahra Library, Double Bay
Opened in 2016, Woollahra Library is a state-of-the-art library offering three floors of library space in the heart of a pedestrianised eat street and retail precinct.
- Green Square Library, Zetland
Green Square Library is a unique architectural space – an underground library with large floor spaces that can be adapted to workshops, single study spaces and community meetings.
- Canada Bay Library, Canada Bay
The library includes the latest technology including a 3D printer.