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The Stunning New Marrickville Library Will be Home to 85,000 Books and a Huge Garden

It's opening this month inside the historic former Marrickville Hospital building.
By Libby Curran
August 01, 2019
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The Stunning New Marrickville Library Will be Home to 85,000 Books and a Huge Garden

It's opening this month inside the historic former Marrickville Hospital building.
By Libby Curran
August 01, 2019
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If you've got a thing for libraries (and physical books), prepare to be very impressed by the inner west's newest public space. Slated to open at the end of August are the new state-of-the-art Marrickville Library and adjoining Pavilion.

The community hub will make its home on the site of the former Marrickville Hospital, an area now going by the name Patyegarang Place. With grand opening celebrations slated for Saturday, August 31, the new library is set to house a huge 85,000 books — 20,000 more than its predecessor. It's also three times the size.

Aside from being a bookworm's oasis, the three-storey centre will boast a suite of high-tech extras and modern community facilities. There'll be a cafe by Marrickville's own Double Roasters with indoor and outdoor seating, a collection of meeting spaces and private study rooms, and more than 1200 square metres of lush gardens. Inside, you'll find twenty-six computers and a dedicated technology teaching area, as well as a series of specially commissioned public artworks.

The new-look build is the work of acclaimed architectural firm BVN and cleverly incorporates modern elements onto the heritage remains of the existing hospital building. It's sporting a sustainable design, with features like environmentally friendly warming and cooling, rainwater tanks, natural light and ventilation systems, and plenty of recycled brick and timber throughout. All these eco-friendly touches have added up to an impressive 25 percent reduction in energy use compared to the old Marrickville Library.

Once open, it'll join Sydney's growing list of shiny new libraries, with the six-story, glass-walled Green Square one opening late last year and the two-storey Darling Square one set to open any day now.

The new Marrickville Library officially opens on August 31, with a free public celebration. From 10am, there'll be a traditional smoking ceremony, followed roving performers and walking tours through the new site.

Find the new Marrickville Library and Pavilion at 313 Marrickville Road, Marrickville from August 31. For more information, head to the Inner West Council or BVN website.

Updated: August 27, 2019. 

Published on August 01, 2019 by Libby Curran

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