Shape the Future of Henley Library

Get involved with shaping the future of Henley Library

Henley Library is a well-known and much loved local library. We would like your thoughts on relocating the library closer to other local services near Henley Square and how the space can work in with your lifestyle and support your passions.

A relocated library space would include resources for loan, access to free internet, PCs and WiFi and broader access to the One Card Network with a collection of 4 million items and would be a space for leisure, study, learning and collaboration.

Over the last 30 years, public libraries have experienced unprecedented change. Automated library systems, the Internet, and the increase in self-service technologies and online services, have seen a significant shift in how our community interact with libraries. As a result, the Henley Library has seen visitation and physical loans decline in recent years. One of the contributing factors to the decline in visitation numbers at the Henley library is that it is isolated from the main focus of visitor and commercial activity that exists around Henley Square and therefore does not benefit from passing foot traffic.

Share your thoughts here.

Get involved with shaping the future of Henley Library

Henley Library is a well-known and much loved local library. We would like your thoughts on relocating the library closer to other local services near Henley Square and how the space can work in with your lifestyle and support your passions.

A relocated library space would include resources for loan, access to free internet, PCs and WiFi and broader access to the One Card Network with a collection of 4 million items and would be a space for leisure, study, learning and collaboration.

Over the last 30 years, public libraries have experienced unprecedented change. Automated library systems, the Internet, and the increase in self-service technologies and online services, have seen a significant shift in how our community interact with libraries. As a result, the Henley Library has seen visitation and physical loans decline in recent years. One of the contributing factors to the decline in visitation numbers at the Henley library is that it is isolated from the main focus of visitor and commercial activity that exists around Henley Square and therefore does not benefit from passing foot traffic.

Share your thoughts here.

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  • I think the current location is perfect. I religiously borrow books from this library but I have noticed the stand of "holds" for pickups getting smaller and smaller. There always seems to be lots of activity though whenever I visit. Guest speakers and workshops are good ideas. But surely the cost to relocate into the Square would be massive?

    Eddy asked 4 days ago

    Thanks for the feedback.  The two main costs to relocate the library would be the lease cost and the fit out cost.  The lease cost will vary depending on the location.  Upgrading the existing library into a contemporary facility has also been investigated and is estimated to be approximately $1.5 million.

  • As parking can be difficult at the current location and is stressed around the square, how does the council expect to accommodate the collocation and needs of parents and retirees who will be driving/parking?

    Journeyman asked 6 days ago

    Thanks for the question, car parking options would vary depending on the location of the library. There are several car parks north and south of the square.  This includes car parking spaces with a 2 hour limit to ensure turnover of spaces. 

  • I think it is already close enough - if it's right in the square then there will be limited parking. I'm not sure it being "isolated" is the issue. Places like the U.K. Book depository offer books very cheap and free post. There needs to be more creative ways to get people to borrow books again. I was surprised how many home style ones were there when I last went. Can you not promote books that you have in stock? Have more guest speakers / workshops?

    Corinne asked 7 days ago

    Thanks for your feedback regarding the location.  We appreciate the ideas you have also suggested, such as the guest speakers and workshops this will be included in the report provided to Council.

  • I think the location is good. I loved the baby time at the library when on maternity leave. Now I am back at work full time I can't make it. Services such as babytime on the weekends would be great.

    Kerry-Anne asked 6 days ago

    Thank you for the feedback, great to hear that you enjoy baby time, we will be collating all feedback in a report back to Council at the end of the consultation period.