Gloucester Library Switchover and Redesign


It's an exciting time for Gloucester Library. We're fortunate to have received a grant from the State Library of NSW for $172,658 which will allow us to renovate the entire interior of the library, providing a contemporary library space for the Gloucester community.

We're holding a Design Workshop at the Library on Wednesday 6 December, from 9am until 11.30am. Everyone with an interest in the redesign is welcome to attend.

"Everyone is welcome to attend the Workshop, which will outline the core elements that are included in the Library upgrade grant awarded by the State Library of NSW" said Council's Manager Library Services, Chris Jones.

The grant specifies components for the upgrade to include an operational automatic door, new shelving, meeting room, replacement of carpet and new furniture.

"We are hoping that people attending the Design Workshop will be able to guide us on the style of these components, and importantly, provide us with input on how we can make the most of the available space through an improved library layout" adds Chris.

Council plans to undertake the refurbishment works in 2018.

If you'd like to attend the Workshop, please complete this attendance form to register by 1 December.


These planned works follow on from this year's switchover from the Newcastle Library Service to MidCoast Libraries. The switchover has delivered some great benefits for Gloucester Library users already, including

  • access to resources from 10 different libraries;

  • more DVDs available for borrowing, new stock and expansion of collections;

  • no fines for overdue books;

  • the Gloucester resources will be tailored to meet the local community needs;

  • Gloucester library staff will have back-up staff to cover periods of leave, providing continuous customer service to the local community.

Newcastle library memberships

Until 31 December 2017 your Newcastle membership will be valid for use at Newcastle, Port Stephens and Dungog libraries and for online resources. If you wish to remain a member with these facilities you will need to renew your membership at one of those locations.

Until the switchover is completed any existing reserves will be filled from Newcastle. After switchover new reserves or suggestions for purchase will be done through Midcoast Libraries.

More information is available on the Switchover Q&As(PDF, 209KB) sheet.