City Library Refurbishment

Page hero image Newcastle's City Library is set to undergo a major refurbishment in 2017 to transform its main collection space and carry the venue into the future.
Improvements since the last refurbishment 20 years ago have been ad hoc and changes in technology have resulted in outdated workflows.
The refurbishment will ensure the library remains fit for purpose into the future by redesigning the layout, adding significant technology activity areas and creating multiple zones for different uses.
This project is funded by a $200,000 Infrastructure Grant from the NSW State Library and an additional $700,000 from Council.


The City Library will close on 24 April 2017 for approximately two weeks to allow relocation of library facilities to the Lovett Gallery and lounge areas on the second floor.
Construction is expected to commence in early May 2017 and be completed in September 2017 ahead of City Library's 60th birthday celebrations.

Impacts during construction

The library facilities will still be available during the refurbishment. The library will be temporarily relocated to the second floor and normal operating hours will be in place from 8 May 2017 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 8pm and Saturday 9.30am to 2pm).
The after-hours return chute will be located in the same place on the right hand side of the building.
There will be site sheds in the rear carpark resulting in some loss of parking.
The ground floor toilets will remain open during the refurbishment.

More information

For more information contact City Library on 4974 5342 or visit the Newcastle Region Library website.