Big plans for Wingham Library

Published on 18 February 2021

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It’s an exciting time for the MidCoast Council Libraries Team as preparations get underway for the upcoming renovation and expansion of their Wingham Library space.

Council is currently working through a tender process to select a builder for the project which is expected to start in early March.

Due to the significant nature of the project the library will need to be closed to the public for approximately three months.

“We understand the closure impacts on our normal services and encourage Wingham residents to take advantage of our online collections, through the MidCoast Council Libraries website www.midcoastlibraries.com.au or to visit one of our other branches,” explained MidCoast Council’s Manager of Libraries and Community Services, Chris Jones.

“It is the single biggest library renovation project undertaken in the MidCoast Region for a decade and the largest enhancement of the library building in Wingham since the original establishment of the service, so while we understand community frustrations, we’re also very excited for the future of Wingham Library.”

The project was made possible thanks to a $500,000 grant from the NSW Government.

Key features of the project include the installation of a lift to make the first floor fully accessible and an extension to the rear of the building.

The Library will increase from 243 m2 to 442m2, making the Library 82% larger.

In addition to the expansion the building will also be re-carpeted and re-painted, with updated furniture and shelving and the upstairs area fitted out to create a relaxation and study area as well as having the functionality to hold events.

Funding will also be allocated to replace the roof on the existing building and resolve some maintenance issues.

“It was really important to us that the library maintain its heritage character so while it will be a dramatic expansion and overall transformation, it will be keeping with the style of the original building,” said Chris.

“We can’t wait for the Wingham community to be able to enjoy their new and improved space.”