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Library revamp debate.

March 19, 2015

accessories-furniture-exceptional-pictures-of-librCould Unley’s library service be cut just one central point?

That’s the major issue … and what will doubtless prove to be a very contentious one…in a four-point proposal due to be debated at Monday evening’s Council meeting.

The final issue in  a report to  Councillors  suggests that an investigation take place to “determine the feasibility of the Council’s Library Service being reduced to one centrally located service point within the city. The investigation will consider a purpose-built library that co-locates, possibly with other community type services”.

It is also recommended that Fullarton Park Library continue as a service point whereby library members could order resources on-line, and collect and return borrowed library materials from July. The small library collection for customer perusal would be terminated.

Meanwhile it is also suggested that there be a shift from “Community Computing” to a ‘Knowledge Hub’ that includes the education in smart and specialist technologies that encourages sharing, creation and learning”.

Fourth item in the sweeping proposals is that there be an investigation to determine the feasibility of one service point for a Toy Library service, with discussion taking place with the Goodwood Community Centre Board to achieve potential efficiency gains and cost savings by September.

Unley’s library service costs $1.7million a year, with 13 full-time    employees and a team of volunteers which provides approximately 116 hours of support each year. It attracts 300,000 visits per year…eight times the size of the city’s population.

It is estimated that the options could save ratepayers $2.2million in savings over a decade.

Council’s review was conducted over 12 months and highlighted the way that libraries are changing, to become “people places” rather than repositories for material.

Unfortunately the report run to more than eight foolscap pages, too much for full publication by “Grumpy”.

More details of the issue to be discussed by Council can be found in the Council agenda.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rufus Salaman permalink
    March 19, 2015 8:56 pm

    What was foolscap paper? I think it must be an ancient measure that dates Grumpy as a dinosaur like me.


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      March 19, 2015 9:44 pm

      It’s a bit of paper slightly longer than A4. Which probably doesn’t mean anything to anyone. But what the heck, I’m happy with the past, my Long Playing vinyl records (remember them?) and hot-air balloon flights. And bring back Pennyfarthings,I say, so that bicylists can look past vehicles without straying into traffic lanes.


  2. Judith Barton permalink
    March 20, 2015 12:04 pm

    The libraries are the hub of the community in Unley and I would like to see longer opening hours and the toy library open at all times when the library is. This would create more employment.
    If anyone at the council wants to decrease the library facilities and close outer branches go in to a library and look around at the numbers of people there.
    It is a wider group than those who support Sturt Football Club. How much subsidy of the Sturt Football Club has there been in the last 15 years. This should be considered when looking at reducing library services.
    Information is power and libraries provide information to people. It is a way of providing equal opportunity to a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds. It has value.


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