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Newcastle Region Library
New build or refurbishment: refurbishment
Budget: $1.5 million
Architect: Ben Rapley from CKDS Architecture
Project Completed: 19/10/2017
The War Memorial Cultural Centre (WMCC) houses the central library for the City of Newcastle (population 167,000) and services a primary catchment population of approximately 26,000 residents. There is also a large non-resident workforce of up to 15,000 people who travel in from outside the LGA to work in the large organisations situated in the CBD and Honeysuckle precincts. The library is located in Civic Park, which means that the it is one of the City's busiest.
Last year there were 217,000 visits accompanied by 335,000 loans providing 118,000 sessions of internet access through PCs and WiFii and over 4000 attendees at programs.. The City of Newcastle is experiencing enormous change. There is a growing innercity population and the University of Newcastle recently relocated two large faculties into an award winning 6 storey development in NewSpace.
The library is open six days a week and evenings The WMCC also houses the extensive Hunter Region local history collection on the 2nd Floor which draws people from across the region and state to undertake research. The branch hosts hundreds of program and learning activities for all ages every year. The age profile of the membership is young, with active users numbering 46% of the population.