City Library Refurbishment

Page hero image Newcastle's City Library is currently undergoing a major refurbishment 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Improvements since the last refurbishment 20 years ago have been ad hoc and changes in technology have resulted in outdated workflows.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.


Construction commenced in early May 2017 and is expected to be completed in September 2017 ahead of City Library's 60th birthday celebrations.

Impacts during construction

The library facilities will remain available during the refurbishment. The library has temporarily relocated to the second floor of the War Memorial Cultural Centre on Laman Street and normal operating hours are in place (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 8pm and Saturday 9.30am to 2pm).

There will be some noise generated during the demolition stage of the work and we thank patrons for their patience during this time. City Library may be temporarily closed during periods of significant disruption. Please refer to the library webpage for service updates.
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.