Shape the Future of Henley Library

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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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  • The Henley Beach Library is a valuable resource and I use it often. However working full time means I can only access it on limited days. The parking is an issue especially at weekends despite changing the Saturday opening hours. Any move toe closer to Henley Square with its well publicised parking issues will only decrease the community usage.

    CV asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback and sharing your experiences about parking at the library. 

  • We love the current library and have been constant users since we moved to Henley Beach over 20 years ago - as have our children and now our grandchildren. We do not think that the library has to move to the square (and probably lose out a lot in what it can offer as a combined library and meeting place due to a potentially smaller site) just so it can pick up new users. Surely the general public knows about community libraries. Can’t we put up signs around the area (eg. in Square) with details such as opening hours etc – and the fact that it is one street away? We agree with Book Worm re better engagement with people who use the library. It certainly cannot be done with poorly designed questionnaires such as the one being used. Why doesn’t it ask straight out whether we would like to see it moved or not? The only question that is specific to moving the library is the biased question “If the Henley Library were to relocate closer to the square would you continue to use it?”. Yes, of course, if we have no choice! We hate to think that this questionnaire will be used for statistics to support relocating the library. This is too important a subject - the relocating, and probably downsizing, the wonderful resource that is the current library.

    PetGin asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback PetGin and for completing our survey. 

  • I am very happy with the library as it is and where it is. The parking is an issue for me and I can usually find a park most days. I was told that by one of the library staff that the current location of Paul Caica's office is being considered as an alternative location for the library. This is totally inadequate and parking is non existent. If there is some covert plan to downgrade the use of the library, shifting the location closer to the Square would surely achieve it. Please leave it as it is. Regrettably, Henley High School has closed the library, such a poor decision. Do not compound lack of adequate library facilities in the area by relocating to to less accessible site.

    HelenA asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Helen.

    All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I do not support moving the library from its current location for the following reasons: The present location is perfect, it has ample parking and accessibility. Yes, the Library needs a facelift but Council have a perfect opportunity to develop this site and create an amazing space which can incorporate an arts and library precinct. A space which compliments the existing heritage of the Town Hall This is prime real estate, and while Council still owns this land, they have control over suitable development. If sold off the land is open for inappropriate development, with little to no regards for the aesthetics and character of the area – such as the case at the Square. I don’t support renting a space at the Square. This is a short-term solution and false economy, with Council potentially signing a blank cheque for decades to come. It makes more sense to hold on to this valuable asset, and develop it accordingly. Moving the Library closer to the Square would only add to the on-going parking problems. The local streets are already congested with cars from visitors and workers year-round. I have long since given up on expecting a solution for this. A lack of parking is a big deterrent for people wanting to visit a library. Henley Sq is all geared up for visitors and tourists alike, with people visiting for coffee, meals, walking their dogs or visiting the beach. I don’t see these activities as a stimulus for people to visit a library. I would like to see Council putting the needs of the local community FIRST, by leaving the library where it is, and creating a wonderful and inviting space for community use and social interaction.

    Kenzie asked 4 months ago

    Thanks Kenzie. We will include your feedback with our other consultation results in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • How can Charles Sturt Council justify spending 8.4 million on upgrading Henley Sq which by the way didn't include any mature trees for shade, and not spend 1.5 million to upgrade the Henley Library? Why does the Library need to be in Henley Sq? Just because there may be more foot traffic in the square it doesn't mean they are going to go visit the library. Nobody will be at the library in Summer if it's located at Henley Sq - I personally avoid Henley Sq whenever possible and particularly in the Summer months. Keep the Henley Library in its current location.

    Henleymum asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your thoughts. All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • So if you move the library into a crammed "boutique" shopfront at Henley Square and considering Henley Square is associated with sand, the beach, hot chips and ice creams. What are you going to do if a mob of kids covered in sand and wet bathers and dripping ice cream want to use the library? Will you have a dress code? ie no shoes no service? No ice creams allowed? No wet bathers? Seriously a library visit is a library visit, a beach visit is a beach visit and for Charles Sturt Council to continue to beat its chest about 40 billion $ worth of assets under management, then say it can't afford to keep a library open in its current format, get real. There's only one end game here for Council, its $$$ for development at the current site. This will be a real test of the Councils desire to put community before profit. We wait for the outcome, best bet at the moment 50/50 for the library in its current format.

    Rawley asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback. All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I understand the many questions and arguments for and against the mooted relocation of the library. I feel that the issue lie more around the challenge of providing relevant services to a to a declining traditional user base. As such, my question is what sorts of services, other than what may now be considered traditional, such as free internet usage, computer tutorials (I'm not sure if this is occurs actually) and of course reading & visual rentals, will be provided. How can the library services attract the burgeoning tech savvy mainstream population? Once us older dinosaurs move on your services must remain relevant to a radically changed reading community.

    Nelson asked 4 months ago

    Hi Nelson

    Thank you for your feedback. You are spot on about ensuring we have a library service that is relevant in today's day and age. Relocation of the library has been mooted as part of a large strategy to evolve our library services overall. If you haven't done so already, we would love you fill in our survey about the types of services you would like to see at Henley Library: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Henleylibrary


  • I am totally opposed to moving our much loved Henley Library to Henley Square. I would like to see my council rates being put towards the redevelopment of the current space. We own this land why sell it to the RSL who will no doubt put pokies in this space - is this in the best interests of our community? Today, I took my children to the Henley Library and we then walked to Henley Sq which took a whole 2 minutes!!! We need to encourage movement given the obesity rates in this country! Renovate the current library and advertise the short walk to Henley Sq, include a better frontage on Seaview Rd where there is plenty of passing traffic. My children enjoy walking to the library as part of their school program - how will this program continue in a 'boutique library'. Books are so important to kids and now more than ever we need to encourage them to read and enjoy the benefits, making our library smaller doesn't help this cause. Also, what a about baby time, story time, kids holidays activities - how will this continue particularly in one of the proposed locations bring in the Pavilion Shopping Centre? Surely the rent there would be more than what needs to be spent on renovating property the council owns???? Why does everything need to be at Henley Square anyway?? Please keep the library where it is, it's our rates and from reading everyone's comments I would say the general consensus is to renovate the existing location. Thank you

    Joanne asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Joanne. We will include this, along with all feedback and survey results, in our report to Council at the end of the consultation period. 

  • I agree with so many others that the Henley library should remain where it is, as it enables visitors to park easily and doesn't add to the parking hassles that exist around Henley Square. I believe that the hours should actually be extended. If the library was open at 9am each weekday, I think this would enable parents to access it immediately after school drop-offs, which is great when you have children under school age. Please remember that a library is not only about books. A library is quite an amazing place as it allows so much variety of activity. It is a place to meet and share interests and information, a place to have some quiet time,, a place to engage with others and feel part of the wider community. As such, libraries should be more widely celebrated and made more, not less, accessible. Please listen to us and respect our views. We are the ones that live, work, go to school, socialise, pay rates and spend in this community.

    Sue M asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback, including your thoughts on opening hours. 

  • With the increase in population size in Henley and surrounding areas, why reduce services instead you should be increasing the services to support the young families moving into the area? . .

    Russell asked 5 months ago

    Thank you Russell. We will include your comments in our consultation report. 

  • I am a regular at the Henley library in its current location I love this library & it caters for all my needs with no Problems it is one of the best libraries in the Charles Stut Council- " if it is not broke don,t try & fix it " Is the library relocation another change for changes sake How many times do we need to change an operation that functional & caters for all needs for the sake of Change Is there nay hard facts that indicate that changing the location of a library increases Visitation Has any thought be given to the fact that in all probability there are less people reading library books these days - one area of improvement to the existing library would be an improvement in the selection of Videos n librart

    Coops asked 5 months ago

    Hi Coops

    Thank you for participating in our consultation. 

    We are exploring relocation of the library as part of an overall strategy to ensure that our library service continues to evolve in a manner that suits the needs of our users now and into future, and attracts more people to use our libraries. Research we have done has shown that libraries that have relocated into shopping precincts have experienced increase use.

    We are also looking at the services and collection types people seek from libraries. This includes digital as well as more traditional (ie book) formats. 


  • A quick question - once the library has moved and become a "boutique" service catering to a selective clientele - with any further drops in library visitations and loans will library be closed or further downsized - or moved back to the old premises? Just thought of another question - has any thought been made to increasing library numbers / visitations via programs, speakers, promotions, etc? This may be significant cheaper than closing the existing library and relocating it.

    library lee asked 5 months ago

    We are exploring ways in which to provide a library service for the whole community and also making sure our libraries support the needs of our community so they are relevant into the future. We are seeking to find the right location and develop the right offering for both our existing customers and attract new customers.

    We are investigating locating the library in an area that provides other facilities, such as the Square, shopping and cafes, as research has found libraries that have relocated into shopping precincts have experienced an increased interaction and utilisation by community. 

    Delivering engaging programs has and will continue to be a focus of our library service. As part of this consultation we welcome ideas about the services, programs and activities that contribute to an exciting library space that meets the needs and interests of users. We encourage you to complete our survey so that we can get a good understanding of what you would like to see at Henley Library: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Henleylibrary


  • What do you plan on putting where the library is?

    Jaye asked 5 months ago

    No decision has been made about the future use of the current site if the Henley Library was to be relocated. It has been identified that there is potential for redevelopment of the footprint, but this requires further investigation. Another idea is to relocate the RSL into the building. It is important to note that the town hall section will continue to be made available as a hall for hire. 

  • Hi Can you clearly say how library service and facilties will change? Eg - floor space- current 120m2 - future 20m2? Books - current 20,000 - future 1000? Seats - current 50 - future 10? Desks - current 10 - future 1? Garden - current 1 - future 0? Magazines - current 30 - future 4? Newspapers - current 4 - future 2? etc, etc, etc. It is very difficult to understand if the future level of services provided is not clearly spelled out. Obviously there will be a drop in services / books / seats / floor space - but how much? Thanks

    library lee asked 5 months ago

    Relocation of the library is one option being considered as we seek to evolve our library services in line with changing use, community expectations and innovations in technology.

    The library will focus on a suite of core collections which will be developed and refreshed based on community interest and appetite. The size and makeup of the collection will depend upon the new location and the outcomes from the engagement undertaken with the community. Our survey, available here, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Henleylibrary

    is an opportunity for you to tell us what you would like to see at Henley Library.  

    The library will also continue to provide access to WiFi and the Internet, receive Council Customer Service payments as well as provide spaces for people to relax, read the newspaper and interact with others.


  • What provision is being made for disabled access and access for parents with small children / babies? How does this compare with existing facilties - eg distance to the library from car parking, flat floors, ramps, etc.

    library lee asked 5 months ago

    Multiple locations are currently being considered so at this stage we unable to provide a direct comparison of accessibility. However, as it is our desire to provide a library facility that is accessible and inclusive of all library users, access by people with disabilities, the elderly and young children will form an important consideration in determining any future alternative location. 


  • Love the concept of the old Evida's site and perhaps even a coffee nook but think more flexible hours to go with the Henley Square precinct times of operation would be even more inviting.

    internet used asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for participating. It is great to hear what you would like to see at Henley Library. 

  • For the older generation who use the Henley library,it would seem a major mistake to shift it to the Henley Square that is already overcrowded with a major parking problem,rather than leave it at its current quietly isolated location.

    Colin asked 5 months ago

    Thanks Colin. We appreciate your input. 

  • Not a question, so much as a comment. I agree with others that the library's location spreads the facilities, particularly in good weather it can be difficult to find parking and access to shops and so on in/around Henley Square. The library is in a building that may be viewed as attractive for other enterprising ventures, but I think it is worth maintain a service such as a library - that provides copying, internet, books and IT access for those who can't afford it individually - that is comparatively accessible year round. Perhaps some discreet signage for those visiting Henley (which seems to be increasing) to point the way. It is not that far from the square by foot. As an added service, I notice the City council have some small business start up services - would periodic consultations/workshops of this nature bring a variety of people in?

    Kerry asked 5 months ago

    Hi Kerry

    Thanks for your feedback and your suggestions. All the feedback we collect will be included with survey results in a report to Council at the end of the consultation period. 

  • I am concerned at the suggestion of relocating the library towards Henley Square due to the limited parking there. I regularly attend the Henley Community Centre and often have to park on Main Street near East Terrace due to the limited parking!!

    Neddy asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback Neddy

  • Please keep the library open and where it is. Or is it a cost cutting measure by the council who will eventually close it. Leave it alone. The staff are helpful unlike one other library in particular in the council zone!! The location of the Henley Library is great and no hassles with parking, transport etc. Maybe the council should look at the other library locations which are not as easily accessible than the Henley Library. Whenever I visit there always seems to be a number of people visiting. Is the council looking at the numbers for their other libraries and their future as well, or is Henley library the only one.

    mithell18 asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for you feedback mithell. We are exploring ways in which to provide a library service for the whole community and also making sure our libraries support the needs of our community so they are relevant into the future. Investigating the relocation of Henley Library is just one part of a broader strategy to develop a new model for Charles Sturt libraries. 

  • Please leave the library where it is. This is a wonderful little library. I live in Grange and moving it to Henley Square is not "more convenient", either is downsizing it. As someone with small children, relocating families area to Woodville is ridiculous. I don't want a hub or specialist library, I want a local one. Henley library is a far friendly, nicer library for this purpose. I have tried both Woodville and Findon and find them frustrating. Parking is near Henley square will be useless, as others have mentioned. I shop at Foodland there and it very difficult visiting on weekends due to people using the facilities for beach/restaurants in area. I find it cheeky complaining of increased operating costs. With house pricing going up about 30% in 4 years and the median pricing being about 3/4million in the area surely rates can cover a nice community library.

    Nea asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the type of library service you enjoy. 

  • It's interesting to note that Charles Sturt Council, a number of years ago attempted to abrogate the lease of the RSL with the intention of closing the library and selling off this parcel of land. Is this just a back door way of achieving the same result by the thieving , developer owned bean counters at Charles Sturt ? Bring back Henley and Grange Council i.e. secede.

    peterk asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback Peter K. 

  • I would just like to say that I strongly believe that the lovely 'ambient' Henley Library should remain in its CURRENT location. By changing the location of the library and in turn reducing the size of the library you will also in change the way activities are and can be delivered to the members and their families. The Henley Library is a perfect size and with a makeover would become a more progressive space for people to enagage and to learn and seek out information. This business about 'foot traffic', I dont understand, the library is not a Retail outlet selling shoes. With the advent of E books, magazines etc people can access alot of resources online without even having to go physically into the library. This is a strong reason why the numbers have decreased slightly over the years. But the many many members in the tens of thousands, according to your statistics will continue to freqently visit the librarys because they want too. As another person stated when you visit the Adelaide Hills to go to a winery or cafe how many times do you then decide to go to the library! This would be the same for the 'cafe loving' people down in the Square sitting there just to be noticed by everyone. Oh thats right they will then decide to go and sit in the library to be seen. Well that just wont happen! As for the parking especially for the elderly they will probably be restricted on visiting the library for having to park hundreds of metres away just like we all do if we want an ice-cream!!!! The current set up is very accessible for the residents who might be impaired with their mobility.

    Shaun asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback Shaun. This will be included with our survey results in a report to Council at the end of the consultation period. 

  • I live across the road from the library and understand the thought in moving it down to Henley Square but have concerns for parking for the users.The proposed shifting of the RSL and the hut to the library and demo the part of the none heritage building is grea to open up the area. The issue I have is the reduction of parking at the rear of the hall by 10 parking spaceswith this new design. I have big problems wth the then vacant land created between Se a view and Military Road becoming housing. This is going to create more pressure on street parking which is now at a level that is out of control. With the upgrade of Heanley Square there was car parks lost making the parking more serious than before. It would be more sensible to turn this proposed vacant land into car parking than selling it off for housing,the benifit to the area would be safer and better control of parking metered parking for added revenue to the Council not just a short term cash splash and its gone forever. This area layed out properly could add an addional 300 parking spaces and generate extra revenue for the local area. Please look at this as a benifit to Henley not a quick cash grab too top up the coffers for the short term The beach is for all to enjoy not just the privillaged few who manages to find parking

    Davo asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Davo and sharing your thoughts about carparking.

  • Hi I recently (2/7/17) received an email from Cr Randall (Deputy Mayor of Charles Sturt Council) saying that in his personal opinion (not the official views of the Council) that he felt the council should close 3 of the five existing library services and target finances and support to West Lakes and the Woodville Library. This was due to the requirement to cap rates and consider the cost of delivery of services to the community. I appreciate Cr Randall's honesty and transparency in this issue as this has not been raised before. My question - is the intention to move the library to make the service less used, and then in the end close this library? Thanks for the reply.

    tomster asked 5 months ago

    Hi Tomster

    Thanks for your question - it is great that you've been communicating with Elected Members on the relocation proposal. The views stated by Cr Randall are indeed his own. 

    The report to Council proposing that we investigate the idea of a relocation was very clear - it is being undertaken with the intention of improving the convenience of access to the library and turning around the levels of visitation and borrowings, not about closing the service.

  • Where would the library be located to? What size would the new library be in comparison to the current library? How much seating and desk space would be available compared to the current library? Would there be a community meeting room available?

    Bruce Riley asked 5 months ago

    Hi Bruce

    If the library was to be relocated multiple locations would be investigated. Until we know more about the what might be available and appropriate we are not able to provide any detailed information about size, seating, desk space and meeting rooms. However, a library relocated closer to Henley Square will potentially be much closer to Henley Community Centre which does have meeting rooms available.

    Regardless, it is great to know that you consider a community meeting room an important part of future library space. 

  • Have the council members and executive been to the Henley Library when it is in use to talk to the users? I think they would be pleasantly surprised by how enthusiastic and engaged children , parents and the elderly are with the facilities.

    book worm asked 5 months ago

    Thanks Book Worm.

    Charles Sturt staff and Elected Members have been engaging with Henley community members and library users via a number of different mediums to gauge their appetite for relocating the library, including a Drop-In session at the library this afternoon/evening (details on the information page of this consultation).

  • The old Evida's site would make a great library with a coffee shop facing the sea if a move is given the green light. Is the council considering buying or leasing a property to fulfil its needs? By renting the coffee area to a local business, it would generate additional income to help support the library.

    NR asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your ideas NR.

    At this stage we are just testing the community's appetite for relocation, so all available locations are yet to be identified. The report to Council named two potential location: within the Henley Pavilion, which would require a lease, or the Council owned building currently tenanted by Paul Caica MP as his electorate office. 

  • I am very satisfied with the present location because it spreads facilities around the council area, is convenient for parking, is a pleasant environment and is reasonably close to Henley Square cafes and shops. What are the advantages of a move that can not be incorporated into the present site? The most important factor is that we have a library that is up to date and fully serves the community no matter where it is situated.

    Jim H asked 5 months ago

    Hi Jim

    Thank you for participating in our consultation. We are investigating a move to see if it can contribute to increased use of our library services at Henley. A new space may provide better opportunity to create a modern library that meets the needs of current users and attracts new users.

  • Relocating the library would be a huge shame. I am a first time mother and the facilities that are on offer are of huge benefit to me and my daughter. Please keep them!!!!

    Shanelle asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback Shanelle. It's great to hear that the library is important to you as a first time mother. 

  • If the library re-location begins, when will the construction of the new units happen? I currently live very close to the library and this will affect my living situation greatly, forcing me to move. At the moment the current library location is still central to the square, but has more access to parking, making it more desirable for families. I understand your statistics on the decline of visits to the library and loans made by the public, but I don't think the location of the library is to blame for this. Unfortunately the world is becoming technology dependent. If you move the library, this will not affect these numbers. I know in the future this will create a larger income for the community but you are trading this for our quality of life, and parading poor excuses to cover your real intentions for this library relocation.

    Stef asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. If the library was to be relocated, no decision has been made as to future use of the current site. It has been identified that there is potential for redevelopment (of the library footprint only) including a mixed use, residential and commercial tenancy mix, however this requires significant further investigation that can only be undertaken once a decision about the library has been made. New clubrooms for the RSL has been also identified as other potential option. 

  • I live in West Beach and the children and I regularly walk to the Henley Beach Library. The library is already close enough to Henley Square, if you had it any closer beach goers would be using the library carpark. Carparking is an issue around Henley square and by moving the library/council offices you're only going to make it worse. And what would happen to the old building? Surely we should treasure the heritage. Leave the library and community centre as it is. This is my local library, if it is relocated chances are we will be forced to drive to a library.

    Jo asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback Jo. The Henley Town Hall building is Heritage listed and therefore protected. We will continue to maintain the hall as a venue for hire and, in partnership with the RSL, care for the war memorial. 

  • As far as I can see the current library already has those things that you have stated a relocated library would have. Is space the issue? Why are we not spreading the interesting things to do and see in the beach suburbs along the beach? Why is there a plan to cram ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING into Henley Square? I stay away from Henley Square as much as possible these days. I take my interstate and overseas visitors absolutely everywhere EXCEPT Henley Square. If the library is isolated and underused then simply make it known, make brighter signs, make it an interesting place to visit, make it part of the coastal 'art/environmental education/' path (connections with the proposed dolphin/marine centre and Maritime museum at Port Adelaide and Marine Discovery Centre on Military Rd), encourage community & volunteer groups to use it as a meeting place/base, showcase amazing local projects put a BIG DOT on our local maps. PLEASE STOP cramming everything into Henley Square!

    JAWS asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback JAWS. 

  • Can you please advise or publish a comparative analysis of the library usage of its services over say the last 10 years so that the ratepayers can judge if it should remain or move. Parking nearby if placed near the square would be a problem and create extra demand on the problem that already exists near the square. While on parking at the library it is also a problem with long term Parking behind the town hall occurring daily & even overnight by residents in adjoining and nearby houses flats and the 303 coffee shop diagonally opposite etc.

    Robbo asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback Robbo. The Council report available on this site provides visitor and loan data for the last five years, for both Henley library and the Charles Sturt library service as a whole: http://www.yoursaycharlessturt.com.au/26931/documents/55916


  • "A new library location wouldn't mean reduced library services" Are you kidding me? It's pretty obvious that plan is to downsize the library, and that means having a smaller space and less books. How can that possibly be anything but a reduction? I am hearing a lot of marketing speak and political spin as the powers that be are trying desperately to sell this idea to a community that clearly doesn't want it. Even the term "boutique" reeks of marketing hype. Every time I go into the library there are always something like a dozen or so other people in there, I don't understand when they say it is not being used enough. I also don't understand the emphasis on "foot traffic". People who want to go for lunch or to hang out with friends go to the Square. People who want to read books go to the library. They are 2 fundamentally different things. I walk past the library every weekend when I go for a walk to the beach as it happens to be on my route to the beach, and I never just go in there on a whim and get a book because I happen to be passing by. I go there when I specifically want a new book because I have finished the one I was reading. So the argument of passing foot traffic is, in my opinion, not valid. And what's up with the fixation on "visitors"! Who in their right mind, having journeyed from across town to meet friends at the beach, or go to lunch, or swim, is suddenly going to want to duck into a library? What a ridiculous notion. The library is for locals, plain and simple. You tell me how many times, when visiting the Hills, or Mclaren Vale, or Norwood, you have gone into their libraries ... zero.

    Derek asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Derek. We will be including this in our report at the end of the consultation period. 

  • would the proposed new library be smaller? what exactly does "boutique" imply? Is this move prompted by financial considerations? Why change the existing premises which are very well situated?

    philippa thomas asked 5 months ago

    Hi Philippa 

    Thanks for the questions. 

    A boutique library is likely to smaller however it would be set up as a contemporary integrated space combining a mix of more targeted collections and services, technology/Wi-Fi access, and casual lounge areas. There is also an opportunity to explore setting up a new library at Henley with 24/7 access through the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. This means that customers of the library could potentially access the library facility and its services any time of day or night, outside the hours when staff may be in the building.

    The reason for considering a relocation is due to declining visitation across all our libraries over the last 5 years. At the same time, annual operating costs have been increasing. We are working to ensure that we continue to provide a library service that remains sustainable, engaging and relevant. One of the things we are investigating is locating the Henley library in an area that provides other facilities such as shopping and cafes as, based on research, libraries that have relocated into shopping precincts have shown an increased interaction and utilisation of the library by the community.

  • Henley library is an important service for local Henley residents. The library is also used frequently by local schools. Parking is a major issue at Henley square so the current library location is much more logical. I am also very concerned on any impact to the hall and also the war memorial if the library was moved. If the library is considered too large space wise maybe the space could be opened up more to local groups needing rooms to gather.

    Amanda asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback.  It will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • Hi, please don't move the library. I find parking there easy whereas parking at Henley Square can be difficult in busy times. It is a great spacious library with a lot of quiet areas. I don't understand why the council want to move it. What do they want to do with the beautiful building that houses the library? I have spoken to a few of my friends who live in the area and not one of them can see the sense in moving this great library.

    Kathryn asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Kathryn.

    At this stage, no decision has been made about the existing library building if the library was to be relocated. The adjoining Town Hall will continue to operate as a hall for hire. 

  • Will we have a full functioning library as per existing library with adequate car parks...computers...spaces for childrens activities? Will our library be associated with a full functioning community exhibition gallery/space as per other councils??

    Viv asked 5 months ago

    The library will focus on activities and a suite of core collections which will be developed and refreshed based on community interest and appetite. The size and makeup of activities and collection will depend upon the new location and the outcomes from the engagement undertaken with the community.

    The community will also have continued access to WiFi and the Internet, along with space for people to relax, read the newspaper and interact with others.

    At this stage there are no plans for a specific, full functioning community exhibition gallery/space within the Henley library, however we take this feedback on board. 

  • is council aware of research on attempting to down size libraries in different areas? Universally it has been shown that a smaller 'hub' is NOT what people want...Before you do anything you could at least read the research...it has already been done for you. I note ALL responses so far favour KEEPING the library at its current size.

    Viv asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback Viv. It will be included, along with all the other feedback and survey results, in our consultation report at the end of the consultation period. 

  • What other options are being proposed to increase visitation and loans? For example: • signage at the square to locate library service • better signage on Seaview so the library is better seen • access via Seaview Rd (more welcoming to general foot traffic) • promoting via hotels and cafes • upgrade current facility (modernisation) Why have we jumped straight to a relocation?

    frank asked 5 months ago

    Hi Frank

    Thank you for your questions. 

    We are undertaking this consultation to gauge the community’s appetite for changing the location of the library. Upgrading the existing library is another option that has also been explored. It is estimated that the costs to upgrade the existing library are approximately $1.5 million. We are also developing a strategy to guide delivery of a library service that addresses changing library user trends and behaviours, and that delivers a relevant and engaging service, now and into the future, to turn declining visitation and loans. 


  • In several of your answers, you seem very enthusiastic about library users having 24/7 access to a new Henley Library. For many reasons, this worries me. How would you guarantee the safety of people and of the collection? It is one thing to count on CCTV, but that is after the fact of something happening. Bad things could happen to good people. I can understand night access in places like universities where they have security staff on hand but when I’ve tried to find other similar examples in Australian settings could only find libraries offering this kind of access when married with a community centre where people could go pick up their books. Or in a town of 300 where everyone trusts each other. Do you really think that we need libraries open in the middle of the night? Why?

    Chrissy asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your further feedback Chrissy. 

    As we work to create a new library service model, access outside traditional library hours is just one idea that is being explored. The pros and cons of expanded hours and accessibility will be fully investigated. 

  • Good libraries build collections, great libraries build services and excellent libraries build communities. How does your plan to downsize the Henley Library build community, something you espouse in Council objectives for its work? What are you trying to achieve if people access the library as an individual during anti-social times? One of the joys of the Henley Library is seeing all the parents and grand-parents coming in with their strollers and kids for various children’s activities. They are walking to the library. What would happen to those relationships with each other, with their community and for their children, for their relationship with written books?

    Chrissy asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback Chrissy. 

    As part of the investigation around a new location there is an opportunity to explore the provision of specialised collections and activities tailored to local need and focusing on the uniqueness of the Henley Beach locality. These could focus on providing residents and visitors with resources and opportunities to become actively involved within the local community.


  • Please leave the library where it is. The parking at the Henley Square is difficult, even during late evening especially during the summer months.

    Grant asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback and sharing your experience about parking at Henley Square.

    All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I love the library where it is...I love building, location and the ambience...Is it really being used less and if so why ? Im not using it less and I don't like the feel of the big new places or libraryies in or near shopping centres

    rao asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback.

    We have experienced declining visitation across all our libraries over the last 5 years as the community changes their interaction with libraries. 

    At Henley we’ve seen a downturn in library users. This has been identified through the various statistics and indicators we collect including door counting software at each library location and loans data through the Library Management System.


  • I am totally against the Henley Library being moved to the square. Many years ago it was situated in the square and that obviously did not work as it was moved to South Street and then to its present location where it is very conveniently accessed. For many years I took my grandchildren to story telling time and other activities and hope to again be able to do this when my younger family return to the area. Or is this another activity that will be taken away from the Henley area?. Please look after our local community!

    May asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback May.

    At the moment we are seeking to gauge the community's appetite for changing the library location, as well as understand the activities/facilities that are important offerings. This will help us develop a library service at Henley that appeals to current users as well as those who aren't using the library services at the moment.

  • The current location is very convinient for parking and bringing children to the library without the worry of traffic . Also the activety room is great at the henley library is is used by our group for art also other activeties as well

    Elana george asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback on the current location.

    All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I find the library easy to visit parking is usually available unlike closer to Henley Square The library is used by mothers with young kids and older people because it is easy to get to.

    Mike asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Mike.

    All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • Please don't move the library. The current location is fantastic and I love it just the way it is. Parking is very convenient - unless you go when it's RSL happy hour! I love being able to just pop in whenever I want without having to think about how busy it will be parking wise. If it moved to the square or another location I think I would probably stop visiting

    Tara asked 5 months ago

    Thank you  for your feedback.We will include this in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I don't think the library would benefit from passing foot traffic, especially if the size of the library and its resources were to be reduced. Its current location is within convenient reach of Henley Square without the additional distractions and congestion of the Square. The Overflow building, where Paul Caica's office is currently situated, would not seem to be substantially closer or more convenient to justify such a move.

    KateS asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your thoughts KateS.

    All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I have only moved to the Henley area in the last two years and have found the library in its present location to be easily accessed and most useful for all my needs. I have tried the Findon library but find accessing it chaotic due to the busy car park. I moved from the Tea Tree Gully area where the council were smart enough to move the library out of the busy Tea Tree Plaza shopping precinct, across the road to the new council offices which improved matters immensely. The public transport to the present library location is equally as good as it could be in Henley Square, so I see no advantage there. Maybe a new bus stop nearer to the library might improve things. I think decentralising of services such as the libraries into smaller outlets within the community are much better, than centralising everything at Woodville which is an awful long way from West Beach and difficult to access with public transport. Do I really have to go into the city, which would be easier to get to, than the library that you as a council want to supply me. I don't think local people, particularly elderly want to fight their way through crowds of holidaymakers, restaurant visitors and coffee shoppers to borrow a book from the library ! Just love the library exactly where it is !

    Roger asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Roger and sharing your experience about visiting libraries at Tea Tree Gully and Findon.

  • Hi Sarah, Caro and Jacqui. There is a reported decrease in patronage across all library sites over the last 5 years. Can you tell me if a comprehensive review into this decrease has been undertaken? If not - perhaps understanding the cause might help find a solution that is driven by the community, rather than delivered to it. On a personal note, I know exactly when my own decrease in library patronage started - when the library hours were changed in March 2016.

    SarahD asked 5 months ago

    Hi SarahD

    Thank you for your questions and for identifying what has impacted how often you currently use the library.

    A suite of statistics are continually gathered, analysed and reported upon through the library service. This includes key performance indicators to assist in monitoring the trends in usage. Two of the industry standard measures are ‘Visitation’ which is gathered via door counting software at each library location and ‘Loans’ through the Library Management System.

    Part of this engagement includes identifying the right mix of offering for both our existing customers and towards attracting new customers. We want to better understand what is important to the community and how we can create a library service for current users of the library and those who aren't using the library services at the moment.

    Linda

  • Why are you moving the library to a place woth more congested parking? Are you guaranteeing the same amount of library space and facilities at the new location?

    LauraL asked 5 months ago

    If the library was relocated multiple locations would be investigated.  Two possible locations have been suggested - a shop within the Pavilion Shopping Centre or the Overflow building, where Paul Caica's office is currently situated. Parking options will vary depending on the location. There are several car parks adjacent to the square including those with a 2 hour limit to ensure turnover of parking.

    The size and makeup of the collection will depend upon the location and the outcomes from the engagement undertaken with the community. The library will focus on a suite of core collections which will be developed and refreshed based on community interest and appetite. The community will have continued access to WiFi and the Internet, the ability to undertake Council Customer Service payments such as dog registrations and rates payments along with space for people to relax, read the newspaper and interact with others.

  • As I walked through the square recently I was stopped by the council who had set up a Q&A and feedback stall on this subject. It was unsettling. I fell into a conversation with a gentleman who presented me with much information: 1. The Henley Library is the most poorly utilised of the COSS libraries 2. Its attendance has been falling (albeit less than 1% per calendar year over the last five years) 3. The 'trend towards centralisation' indicated that it would be better attended if it were closer. 4. The balance was currenlty 50:50 in favour and opposed to the move 5. The RSL want to move into the library space 6. Sites being considered are A) Paul Caicas site as he is due to retire and they would enter into an agreement with a developer to put the library on the ground floor and residential development on top. B) The empty cafe front of the closed down Green Bean Cafe in the Henley Square Mall. 7. The current library is not disabled friendly 8. There is duplication of resources with regards to the offered books etc Many of these points are concerning. The RSLs desire to move, if this is accurate should not factor into the councils decision on whether or not to move. The site suggestion of the cafe in the pavilion is disgraceful and represents a total disregards for those that use the library. The size reduction would be more than 80% and the loss of resources, programs and access is ill considered. Putting the library in a mall is a ridiculous idea. The site suggestion of Mr Caicas site is actually not that bad in terms of centralisation of projects/resources but puts the council in a position of conflict of intertest. If that is the decided site then it is in their interest to approve whatever is put forward by the developer. We have already seen developers (and I name Baju/H20 specifically) cause irreparable damage though poor approval . The permanent 'drain river' that flows across the beach is a reminder of this. I have deep concerns about getting into bed with developers to get a new library. If a reason is poor utilisation, fix it. New programs, promotion, site maintenance and improvement could all lead to the return of custom (mentioned to be a few hundred people a year). This would cost considerably less than a new library. Disabled access could be improved at the same time. I agree it is currently poorly designed. Centralisation is a poorly cited reason as the distance from the current library to the square is 180m. This is considerably less than what many people walk to get to the square on busy days. (And this is now, prior to the building of the approved restaurant at 275 Esplanade, the function area upstairs at Estia, Melt Pizza and the new development at the old Evida site. One can only imagine the carnage that awaits.) Parking at the library is good. Whilst I am not opposed to progress and development for the sake of oppostion, Henley Square is, for most part well done, I feel that this particular idea is extremely poorly thought out and there are outside forces that have not been fully disclosed. The language being used by the council when replying to criticism appears to be defensive which makes me think that they are already, in principle, in favour of moving. I hope I am wrong. Invest in what we have, care for it and improve it. It will repay the council in attendance. There is no need to move and the suggestion to do so is short sighted based on poor information.

    PW asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your very extensive feedback PW.

    All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • Why would you change something that works so well? I have been using the library since my grandsons were born,the first 13 years ago. We have enjoyed many ,many hours reading,playing and learning here,the location is great,parking easy,fantastic staff and just a great place to sit back and enjoy. Don't change,it's perfect as it is.

    Helen, west beach asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback. All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I would have a problem as I am disabled and parking at Henley square is a nightmare. Whereas, parking at the library in its current position works really well. Please just keep the location and improve the facilities, e.g a better (faster) WiFi connection, broader range of DVD selection. You could expand into the current computer room in the 'old' town hall, e.g. make that a children's activity centre, and move the computers to the Community Centre. I teach IT at the West Lakes Community Centre and have found the requirement for classes has diminished considerably. I now run two drop-in mornings for Technology related issues, e.g. Laptops, Smart-Phones, Tablets, etc. The latest drop-in help requirement is about the NBN and its issues. No-one seems to want PC lessons ant more, so there is an opportunity to increase the space at the Henley library. As far as the Henley library is concerned - If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    TrevorFS asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback and sharing your ideas Trevor. We will include this in our consultation report to at the end of the consultation period. 

  • I would like to add my voice to the objection of moving the Library to the Henley Square precinct. The lack of parking at the square concerns me, currently the library carpark has enough to cater for it's users particularly the frail and families. The carpark at the library is well used, I rarely see an equivalent number of parks free at Henley Square. I find the Findon library is difficult to use simply because of it's location in a Shopping Centre where the carpark is very busy and at times hazardous, so I don't go there. I would like the future Henley Library to cater for a children's activity area, have adequate computer access, to at least maintain the quantity of books it currently has, to have an increased variety of magazines, and include a community meeting area. I like the bike hire however I don't think the current location of the bikes in the library is good. A location/access from Seaview Rd would advertise the service better.

    Cate asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback on the programs/services you seek in a library and for sharing your experience about parking.

    All consultation feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • There are plenty of creative, fun and interactive ways to increase traffic to the existing library... have footpath stickers with fun facts leading up to the library from henley square (theme and change per quarter)..... turn the garden into different themes such as a kids nature outdoor play area / peace meditation garden/ picnic bench and shade.... create school theme interactive exhibitions so that school classes can hold excursions at the library (ask parents to pre sign membership forms to join up).... have signage at Henley square saying "need some peace and quiet? Visit the new peace garden at Henley library..." have signage at Henley square "Want to feel the wind blow through your hair as you ride a bike along the foreshore? Visit the library to hire a bike today"....

    Jaye asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback and ideas. We will share this with our library team and include with all the other feedback received during our consultation in a report to Council.

  • No Leave the library exactly where it is. What you are proposing is moving it only a block away and will make parking a nightmare. All of the services you are alluding to as being available are already at the current library. Moving it closer to Henley Square into a smaller"boutique " space will mean the library will have a much reduced number of books and other resources. Eventually you will close that as well. Leave it where it is, it's in the best possible location now and is a wonderful community service.

    Julie D asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback. 

    All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • Regarding car parking - has anyone involved in this ever tried to get to the Square / beach in the middle of summer? It is horrific. I have parked three blocks away and walked with my kids to get there before. This is even with the parking under the shopping centre.

    library lee asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback and sharing your experience about parking at Henley Square in summer.

    All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • The current location of the Henley library is great. Please don't move it to the square. Everyone in my family love the library. It feels welcoming and cosy. My son loves the internal garden and looking for the small creatures hiding in there. Parking at the square is already inadequate. Moving the library to the square will reduce patronage as people will give up when they can't find a car park. In summer parking at the current library can be difficult now, with the overflow of visitors to the square parking in the library car park and in North St. As they say, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." What are the real reasons for wanting to move the library?

    Mamiko asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback Mamiko.

    Relocation of the library is being considered as we seek to provide an inclusive library service that supports our community now and continues to do so into the future. We are seeking to find the right location and develop the right offering for both our existing customers and new customers. We have experienced declining visitation across all our libraries over the last 5 years as the community changes their interaction with our libraries. People not only visit the library in person but also through online interaction. We are investigating locating the library in an area that provides other facilities such as the Square, shopping and cafes as based on research libraries that have relocated into shopping precincts have shown an increased interaction and utilisation of the library by the community.


  • I need to add my voice to the many others who are not in favour of moving the Henley Library closer to Henley Square. Most of the obvious reasons have already been mentioned: parking, congestion of Henley Square such as it is now, noise, space, cost, current convenience. It doesn't make sense to build up one single area to the point that it makes it close to impossible to visit due to parking and congestion difficulties. Let our suburb breathe a bit - it is a suburb, not the city centre where everything and everyone is already existing on top of one another. Fine to develop a "modern" library but funds used for a move should be rather invested in creating much needed green spaces (in a suburb which is gradually loosing its trees to new house developments). Green is already sorely missed in the new, paved and much "modernised" Henley Square which doesn't even have one tree to its name. A huge shame.

    Marina M asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for providing your feedback Marina. We will include it along with all feedback and the survey results in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • Yes! Henley library is a well-known and much loved library and we have been big users over the years. So much so that my husband is often horrified when we return home with so many books in fear that we will lose one. But no, we love books and we love the space that the library offers. Henley library is more than just a space though; it's a meeting place, a community hub that is located conveniently close to the Square, but far enough away from it so that you aren't caught up in the hustle and bustle. It's handy car park also means that lugging kilos of books is not a chore - whether you are like us with bagloads, or also juggling children in pushers or struggling with a disability. Fighting for a car park in coming months (refer to the front page article in the Westside Weekly dated 14 June 2017), particularly over summer, means that more likely a number of regular patrons would think twice before heading to the library in the busy summer months and library patronage will continue to decline. We go to the library to use the library; we go to the square to enjoy the square. It's noted that we are more online these days and indeed the computers are well used in the current library space. However, having peaked in sales, digital books sales appear to now be declining and the demand for printed books, particularly in the younger generation is growing. A 2013 survey by youth research agency Voxburner showed 62% of 16- to 24-year-olds preferred print books to ebooks. The most popular reason given was: “I like to hold the product.” Young people are seen to use the books as a break from devices and social media (The Guardian, 14 June 2017). If we want to be a community that supports a growing generation, with a continued selection of printed media at hand and as in demand, we need to promote the good thing that we have got, not give in. Please keep and develop this space for our future, providing printed and other media in a relaxed and friendly environment where all ages and all abilities can access and enjoy.

    AshaKate asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for providing your feedback AshKate, it's great to hear that you and your husband are such avid library users.  Your feedback will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • Time to make sense of this you spend $8,4 million on Henley Square you waste $millions by building this project in Winter and the cement works gets washed into the Sea. You create a superb ambience in Henley Square for all Communities and surrounding Communities, Schools and give a wonderful gift to the elderly to feel they belong YET Charles Sturt Council now feel that we don't DESERVE our LIBRARY. Time to look at Executives Portfolios of where the waste is going and stop the long lunches and travel.

    leamapril asked 6 months ago

    Hi 

    We are undertaking the consultation to gauge the community’s appetite for changing the location of the library, it isn't about taking away the library service from Henley Beach.  Therefore we want to better understand what is important to the community and how we can create a library service for current users of the library and those who aren't using the library services at the moment.   You may also wish to undertake the survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Henleylibrary 


  • I feel quite concerned that the council are considering moving our library. We have been using this library regularly for over 10 years and it works just fine! Why waste tax payers money fixing something that doesn't need fixing? The library is very close to the square now. Parking in Henley Square is quite limited, how will the council ensure 50+ parking spaces for the new library location? Currently that's what the library has in close proximity and its often full. Our family loves going to the library, kids enjoy the wonderful play area and we love to relax on the couch with a book or a magazine. Its friendly and well set up. I often walk out with 20+ books for the kids and truly enjoy walking to the car few meters away so I don't have to carry heavy bags. Good parking is essential. I feel the money that this move will cost could be better spent on supporting waste recycling and other community projects. Please don't move our library!

    AniaHelena asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this feedback.

    Parking options will vary depending on the new location. There are several car parks adjacent to the square including those with a 2 hour limit to ensure turnover of parking.  If the library was relocated multiple locations would be investigated.  The City Services Committee report suggests two possible locations - a shop within the Pavilion Shopping Centre or the Overflow building, where Paul Caica's office is currently situated.

  • why would council shift library to smaller location with less parking? The library is heavily used...i am at library doors every am early and watch all the cars parking to return books into outside box...ie EVERY AM PARENTS ARE NEEDING TO RETURN BORROWED BOOKS. Is council aware of just how frequented the library is? Is council aware we are now one of the very few council areas that has no community centre/gallery/hub? Has council read the full list of responses so far re shifting the library?? just look at those and you will see how the community feels.

    Viv asked 5 months ago

    Hi Viv

    Thanks for the questions.  

    Multiple locations are being investigated.  The City Services Committee report suggests two possible locations - a shop within the Pavilion Shopping Centre or the Overflow building, where Paul Caica's office is currently situated.

    In regards to collecting statistics, a suite of statistics are continually gathered, analysed and reported upon through the library service which include key performance indicators to assist in monitoring the trends in usage.  These key performance indicators are reported on a corporate level and through the library network. Two of the industry standard measures are ‘Visitation’ which is gathered via door counting software at each library location and ‘Loans’ through the Library Management System.

    All feedback we receive from the Your Say site and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I don't like the idea of having noise in the library. I love children, but children events should be in a place where noise is not a problem for other users.

    Erik asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for providing your feedback.    All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • Regardless of any changes to the operations of the Henley branch of the Library, I think the current site has many advantages over a move towards the Square - access is easy, parking is easy, the surroundings are quiet. Geographically, the current site is only one block away from the Square anyway.

    Steve5022 asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for providing feedback Steve about access and parking.  The feedback provided through the consultation will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I think the current location is fine. Maybe the space needs to be expanded so new services can be included, but keep it at the same site? The only benefit from improving visibility and moving it closer to the square; is if people see it more often and they will remember it is there for them to use.

    asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback about the location.  

  • The square gets very busy during summer and I am concerned about parking etc. I am happy with the library being where it is, I would not be against updating the library, however, it is busy enough at the square, and it is close enough to be part of the square vibe.

    Mel asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Mel.  The feedback will be collated into a report at the conclusion of the consultation.

  • The library at Henley is great. Parking excellent. I do not like the open plans of new libraries, Henley with its many layers an separate rooms give it a homely feeling. A quiet chat or read in a semi private space is the way to go. The available money is better spent on the town hall offering drama, dance and art spaces to the many local organizations, Where did the Gilbert and Sullivan society go??? A hub of many forms of art would be a great addition. The learning room, the old mayor's chambers, is too small for many groups. Lets add to the local culture and invite visiting exhibitions at reasonable costs.

    June asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback June about the layout of the library and creating a hub for art, drama and dance.

    We are collating all feedback from the consultation to present in a report to Council.

  • I too feel that the Henley Library is indeed on the correct site and should remain.Closeness to the beach, parking opportunities , the Henley Learning Room giving the community access to local meetings,computer access,JP service, the Children's garden all these services would not be available at a boutique front in the square. It is also disconcerting that Children's programs are being considered to be delivered at one site only and only on one day as I understand. If programs are not available to the community across the service then numbers will indeed fall as parents might not be able to attend on the day in question. I also feel having a larger group of parents/children at a session would make having a craft component that is meaningful unviable .

    Brenda asked 5 months ago

    Hi Brenda

    Thanks for providing feedback on the location and the services. 

    Your feedback will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation. 

  • I think it is vital that any changes to the library do not result in the limiting of services that the library provides. Libraries are the community hubs, a place any one can go and be involved in their community.

    Ash asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback, the library is exploring a new model and how services can be offered in a different ways such as outreach services rather than exclusively within our buildings, as a means of connecting with a range of families who may not currently utilise libraries. 

    Your feedback will be included in the consultation report provided to Council. 

  • The library has good parking and I don't think moving it will get extra foot traffic. It's not the kind of venue you just wonder into for a browse, if you want to go to the library for something you go TO the library. I think it is fine where it is. I like it where it is!

    Gmf asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback on the location.  All responses will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • Henley Library already has a great location and size. It has enough SPACE for people to find a quiet corner to read, to read to their children, to meet others and it provides ACCESS to enough books to keep it interesting. It is close enough to Henley Square if we need to go there and has a car park that is relatively safe for getting children out of the car and picking up and dropping off books without worrying about a TIME limit for the car park (in case we stay longer in order to read). Henley Library is more than a place to obtain information. I do not believe that its value as a local community centre (for anyone regardless of economic status) can be matched by a “boutique” library. Currently it is the only community centre of its type in the area (where people can, along with reading, etc., engage with one another face-to-face indoors without having to buy something). It is also important as a place for parents and children to go locally to get the kids looking at books and reading books of their CHOICE by being able to physically hold books and browse. I have recently seen, for example, a class of at about 10 students with their teacher from Henley High School (which does not have a library of its own) spending time there and borrowing books. I doubt they will be able to go to Woodville and it’s not clear whether they would fit in a boutique library. For some research regarding the importance of libraries on reading, please see Krashen, Stephen (2004). The power of reading (2nd ed.). Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited. And also Krashen, S., Lee, S., & McQuillan, J. (2012). Is the library important? Multivariate studies at the national and international level. Journal of Language and Literacy Education [Online], 8(1), 26-38). As a parent I truly appreciate having a local library with children’s activities and a medium sized collection of children’s books (which is not too overwhelming) as well as a good collection for adults. I could not find the time to drive to Woodville for children’s books and programmes. Last but certainly not least, I truly appreciate a media specialist’s role and assistance and am not sure how library customers would be affected if the library was downsized. Generally, I am unsure how attracting more visitors by moving closer to the Square could coincide with downsizing. When I mentioned to my children that Henley Library might be closing/downsizing, they were just as disappointed as I am at this prospect. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    LisaM asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the library and how you have also seen others utilise the library too.  I will also pass the research onto the library team. 

  • We have lived in the area for 45 years. We visit the henley library regularly . We have 5 grandchildren who we take to the library either to borrow books or baby time. Baby time is a great event for young parents to bring their babies and to meet others we do not want our library to move. I realise numbers may be down but I am sure that it would be happening in most libraries. Henley is becoming popular with young families moving into the area. We do not need a boutique library we want our library

    milkem65 asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback and sharing your experience with the Henley Library.  

  • The library has good parking and I don't think moving it will get extra foot traffic. It's not the kind of venue you just wonder into for a browse, if you want to go to the library for something you go TO the library. I think it is fine where it is. I like it where it is!

    Gmf asked 5 months ago

    Great, thanks for your feedback, it will be included as part of the report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I have two teenagers who attend Henley High School, which no longer has a Library. My kids visit Henley Library at least weekly to browse and access novels. Surely it does not make sense to downsize a library in a community where the local High School has also removed their library service?

    Natalie asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback on your kids use of the library, your response will be included in the report provided to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • How is the location of the library "one of the contributing factors to the decline in visitation numbers" if the location hasn't changed over the years? And your solution to the falling number of visitations is to take it away from local community and current users (against their will) and move closer to visitors. Here's a thought: why not ask local community how the library could be more engaging in its current place instead of doing the survey that does not allow us to express our concerns because it is designed to only confirm your plan. Where is the question: what do you think about moving the library? You clearly don't want to hear the answer.

    Ella asked 6 months ago

    Hi 

    Thanks for your question.

    We are asking two questions as part of the consultation.  The community's appetite in relocating the library and secondly what services and facilities people would like to see in a library so please feel free to share your idea here in this forum or in the survey.

  • I am concerned with the moving of the Library position. I am part of the walking group which meets at the Henley Library every Friday, this is convenient as there is car parking and it is accessible by bus. This group was started by the council and would need to find alternative arrangements to continue. I have been a member of the library for 20 years and have utilized Henley as my home library for this time period. I am concerned with the statistics being compared between libraries as Henley is not open on a Monday or Wednesday morning and the Saturday opening hours are shorter that Civic, West Lakes and Findon, so the hours of the Henley library operations that are being compared are a shorter span of hours. So I question the need for Henley Library to be closed if the numbers attending the library are decreasing based on the library not being opened the same amount of hours as the Civic, Findon and West Lakes. As a local I walk to the Henley Library, on the weekends my bus (Bus 286) does not run, so I would be unable to walk the distance to get to another location.

    Rhonda asked 6 months ago

    Hi Rhonda

    Thanks for the feedback.

    The statistics that we collect are based on ‘Visitation’ which is gathered via door counting software at each library location and ‘Loans’ through the Library Management System so we are able to analyse the trends of individual libraries.  This analysis has shown a decline in both visitation and loans at the Henley library.


  • Dear Charlie Sturt, can you cut the spin and give us the facts, please? At a time when the true value of knowledge, literacy and community are under threat by stay at home fake news freaks and celebrity idolisers you are looking for a way to back down on supporting building a better community in favour of flogging off some land and reducing service in the name of revenue. Why else would a public information session be run on the Saturday of a long weekend at a place where it's impossible to find a car park? So many great spin quotes in the documents but my favourite is "we are exploring the repositioning of Henley Library as a ‘boutique’ library service,". Perhaps residents should explore "boutique" votes for a council that tries this on at next election?

    Steve of Seaton asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for providing feedback on the consultation.  If you are unable to make the drop in session at Henley Square tomorrow (Saturday) there is an additional drop in session at the Henley Library on Wednesday 5 July from 3pm - 7pm.

  • Why haven't residents been advised by mail? What about those that don't have electronics devices to read about this. Only just read about this in our school newsletter otherwise none the wiser.. ommunication appalling Charles Sturt!. No need to move library is in perfect spot. The only thing I suggest is renovating and modernising it to come up to other library standards ie Torrensville...advertise things happening in library etc..definitely no need to move. My question is what is council planning to put in the space if library relocates?

    asked 6 months ago

    Hi 

    Thanks for your question.  A mail out will be undertaken shortly to residents within Henley Beach and Grange.

    There are also two drop in sessions - tomorrow (Saturday) in Henley Square from 10am - 2pm and on Wednesday 5 July from 3pm - 7pm at the Henley Library.

    Upgrading the existing library is an option that has been costed up. The existing layout of the building includes three separate floor levels; this places physical constraints on upgrading the existing facility into a contemporary open plan space. It is estimated that the costs to upgrade the existing library are approximately $1.5 million. 

  • I am appalled that you might focus children's books in one location (suggested in the Messenger by Paul Sutton). Are you aware of the importance of novels to children for creating empathy and understanding by exposure to the lives of others - even when the books are fiction - and especially important at a time when some schools are getting rid of their Libraries and children often have too few siblings from whom to learn some of life's lessons the easy way? Charles Sturt Council covers a huge area. Can you truly say that that it is equable to concentrate children's books in one library or to restrict some suburbs in the council area to boutique libraries which the rest of us know is a euphemism for small? I also support the comments about parking. Henley Square is no longer a place of easy access and a library should be easily available to all.

    Robbie asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback.

    The focus of the library's collection will depend based on the engagement undertaken with the community.

    The library would focus on a suite of core collections which will be developed and refreshed based on community interest and appetite. These could include:- • Best sellers and fiction listing • Biographies, True Crime, House & Garden, Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Food & Beverages, Computing, Travel • Children’s fiction and non-fiction 

    We have also been exploring the opportunity to move away from a service model where every library offers almost identical services and programs. We have also been exploring our role in relation to addressing low literacy levels within our community, and how we develop and deliver programs to connect with these families. We are exploring other ways of delivering programs via outreach services rather than exclusively within our buildings, also as a means of connecting with a range of families who may not currently utilise libraries. Continuation of programs and introduction of any new programs will also depend on the space available for these activities.

  • Instead of relocating and downsizing the Henley Library which has been the best performing library in Charles Sturt, why not look at libraries where usage has dropped more than at henley and consider relocating those services to Henley?

    martciel asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your suggestion, we'll be including all suggestions and feedback into the report presented to Council at the conclusion of the consultation.

  • Please don't move the library. It's position is perfect, just far enough from Henley square to make it a peaceful location. I recently started using the learning room for a group of amateur artists who like to do art in a more social setting. It is a great spot and has benefited us all greatly. I have been reluctant to advertise this group for more members as I am unsure if we will have a venue long term. This is definitely my favourite library in the Charles Sturt area though I would love to be able to use the beautiful hall to encourage more people to take up art and exhibitions. It seems the hall is under-utilised. I hope this library will remain where it is.

    FridayArtGroup asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing the feedback about the Friday Art Group.  As part of the consultation we are wanting feedback on what services and facilities people would like to see to shape the future of Henley Library.  This information about your use of the space will be included in the report to Council at the end of the consultation. 

  • My major concern is parking, at the present location, I have never had any trouble finding a park, even in the summer. What parking will be made available to library patrons? And how will it be enforced? Also, I have been using the library since my children were very young, and they enjoyed the children's library, with the large selection of books and toys/play area. If the library is moved to a smaller location, is this one of the facilities which will be removed or made smaller?

    KarenS asked 6 months ago

    Hi 

    Thanks for the question, parking options would vary depending on the location.  There are currently existing car parks as you would be aware adjacent to the square and the Pavilion Shopping Centre car park for Pavilion customers.  Turn over is managed in both car parks with time limits.  


  • I dont support a move for the Henley Library. I would not be happy trying to find a park in the Henley Square area during the summer when i all i might want to do is pick up a reservation. It can already be a challenge finding a park at the present location when the RSL is open and the Hall is being used by dance classes. I do support extended hours however as the current hours are limiting for full time workers.

    DianaH asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback about the library.

    In addition to the current hours of operation, if the library is relocated there is an opportunity to explore setting up the library with 24/7 access through the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. This means that customers of the library could potentially access the library facility and its services any time of day or night, outside the hours when staff may be in the building.

  • We love the Henley Library just as it is! It's a beautiful space! My children and I visit the Henley library every Thursday for Storytime with Julia. Julia is fabulous! The kids love her energy and they adore the space at Henley Library. They feel safe there and its become a regular loved safe routine on a Thursday. My Niece comes along too and it's a beautiful day out together. We then sit on the logs near the community garden where the kids play. They have a snack, then we wander down and have sushi at Henley Square. It's a beautiful experience for all of us and the space and the staff at the library make it wonderful! It would be very sad to have the space changed and joined together with other local services. It's a safe entrance and exit for kids without too much passing traffic which is another major plus!

    Tracey asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your feedback about Storytime and the community garden.

  • I agree with everyone else who has provided feedback here that the current location is perfect. The funds required to relocate would be better spent resurfacing Seaview road. I will watch with interest to see if council actually takes any notice of the feedback, of if this consultation is just lip service.

    Gary. asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback about the location.  All feedback will be included in a report to Council at the conclusion of the consultation.

  • I am worried that if you move to the Henley Pavilion shopping centre, not only will we lose a lot of space and services at the library but we will also lose the use of the accessible toilet in the Town Hall. I have taken my friend in a wheelchair to this when we visit the library and it works well. But in the new shopping centre in Henley, they have locked off the only access toilet on the ground floor by the escalators as use for staff only. I understand this is against the law and can’t understand how the owner of such a new development can get away with it. It certainly is no answer for a small rented library to have to provide its own toilet facilities for disabled people. If the lack of good toilets in the current library is one reason for moving, this is no solution as it would continue to unfairly exclude people who require the access toilet. How would the Council solve this with its boutique Henley Square library?

    jfbroadway asked 6 months ago

    Hi 

    Thanks for the feedback about the accessible toilet.   If the library was relocated multiple locations would be investigated.  The City Services Committee report suggests two possible locations - a shop within the Pavilion Shopping Centre or the Overflow building, where Paul Caica's office is currently situated.  Any new library facility would also provide users with access to toilets.

  • Is the " boutique" library proposed for the square going to include a children's library and story-telling, or is it proposed that these will be centralized in the Woodville branch? If the rumours are correct ( and I hope they are not!) this would be a massively negative change, It would have a massive adverse impact on the sense of community in Henley and Grange, the maintenance of which I would hope is a high priority for Council.

    Mark Poczman asked 6 months ago

    Hi

    A boutique library would combine a mix of more targeted collections, technology/Wi-Fi access, and casual lounge areas. 

    The library have been exploring the opportunity to move away from a service model where every library offers almost identical services and programs. We have also been exploring our role in relation to addressing low literacy levels within our community, and how we develop and deliver programs to connect with these families. We are also exploring other ways of delivering programs via outreach services rather than exclusively within our buildings, also as a means of connecting with a range of families who may not currently utilise libraries. Continuation of programs and introduction of any new programs will also depend on the space available for these activities.

  • How would it work if the Henley Library is relocated into Paul Caica's office.... how's the poor fella going to get any work done with all that in there?

    Steve of Seaton asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback.

  • We love where the library is now. It is convenient & accessible. My son has a mobility issue & it is easy to get to, to park, to drop him right at the door without having to worry about a transient population & limited parking spaces. It is away from the hustle & bustle of the square (when it is busy) & we like that.

    Tracey asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback regarding access to the library.  It will be included in the consultation report presented to Council.

  • I do not support the relocation if Henley Library. Currently it's located in an area with easy access parking, making it user friendly for all ages. The hub of the RSL and Henley Community Hall enhance this site.

    Anna asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback, great to hear about your experience with the library.

  • Where would users of the library park if the library is moved? Does the library cater to the same people as those who visit the Square?

    Looney asked 6 months ago

    Hi 

    Thanks for the question, Parking options will vary depending on the new location. There are several car parks adjacent to the square including those with a 2 hour limit to ensure turnover of parking.

    As part of the consultation, we are exploring with the community what location and services would suit the needs of our current users while also developing an understanding of the needs of people within our community that currently don't use the library.

  • The Henley Library carpark and surrounding streets are shared with the RSL CLUB, the local flat dwellers, the coffee drinkers from nearby cafes and the activities on within the Town Hall and the beach lovers so sometimes when I just want to pick up books there are no available parks....very frustrating when in a hurry

    md asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your current experience about the Henley Library.  It will be included in a report to Council at the conclusion of the consultation.

  • I enjoy studying at the Henley Beach Library, but have stopped coming this year as the effort to get the wifi working on my laptop and so often the internet was so slow it became too much of a hassle and so I now study at home or at uni. I have no issue with the current location of the library but if it were to relocate I would be very happy to see the wifi improve and would attend the library more often :)

    Bec asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback about WiFi this will be included in the report to Council at the conclusion of the consultation.

  • Why is the only open day for consultation on this issue scheduled for a long weekend? I am sorry but that seems highly suspicious! Also, what evidence does the Council have that the location of the library is contributing to a drop off in use in services rather than other causes - has the Council looked into refurbishment of the current premises? Another question, I see the Council has referred to there being parking available at the square - has the Council looked at how difficult finding a park is in the Square, especially in the summer? Look forward to substantive answers. I confirm that I find the current location and parking arrangements to be good, and think the staff and atmosphere at the library to be very friendly; some refurbishment would not be out of place though.

    Mark Poczman asked 6 months ago

    Hi 

    The open day was set for Saturday as it was the last weekend before the consultation closed.  We are getting a lot of feedback coming in so we have now extended the consultation end date to Friday 14 July.  There is an additional opportunity to speak with library staff at a drop in session at Henley Beach Library on Wednesday 5 July from 3pm - 7pm.

    We have looked at an upgrade of the current library.  The existing layout of the building includes three separate floor levels; this places physical constraints on upgrading the existing facility into a contemporary open plan space. It is estimated that the costs to upgrade the existing library are approximately $1.5 million. 

    In regards to parking, the options would vary depending on the new location. There are several car parks adjacent to the square including those with a 2 hour limit to ensure turnover of parking. There is an opportunity to explore setting up a new library with 24/7 access through the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. This means that customers of the library could potentially access the library facility and its services any time of day or night, outside the hours when staff may be in the building. 


  • I'm concerned this sounds more like a downsizing for Henley library by shrinking the quantity of immediately available on-site physical selections (such as books, DVD's and CD's) due to a smaller floorplan. Library access will also be harder due to Henley Square congestion and inadequate parking. Syphoning assets from Henley Beach for a more distant site is not going to help retain the community hub that Henley has strived to retain. Please don't slash Henley's floorplan space or parking accessibility.

    Nic asked 6 months ago

    Hi Nic

    Thanks for your feedback regarding the collection and the location.  Your feedback will be included in a report to Council at the conclusion of the Consultation.

  • Moving closer to Henley Square serves no purpose. ?Commercial what? ?Visitors? We pay the Council to look after the RESIDENTS' needs. This facility is already set up, owned and operating. Reducing current facilities in volume of available reading and viewing material would diminish children and seniors use - absolutely necessary in the community. Put in a little cafe to draw more people into the Library and make some money!! This way people could comfortably spend an hour in a community environment... word would get around.

    Sandykay asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback and suggestions about the cafe.  

    We have experienced declining visitation across all our libraries over the last 5 years we have also noticed that the way the community interacts with our libraries has evolved, people not only visit the library in person but also through online interaction.  

    We are investigating locating the library in an area that provides other facilities such as the Square, shopping and cafes, this is based on research of other libraries situated in shopping precincts that have experienced an increased interaction and utilisation of the library by the community.


  • In recent years the commercial areas and liquor licensing spaces in and around Henley Square have increased substantially . The counter balance to this is to create indoor community spaces that are inclusive of all members of the community and offer free, intergeneration activities that promote creativity, social change and intellectual thought. As a family who lives near Henley Square and who in broad daylight has more than once witnessed alcohol fuelled violence and even a spill over of domestic abuse into our front yard please keep the library well away from this.

    Jane asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback, sorry to hear about your experience of violence.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact any of the staff listed on the who's listening section of the Your Say website.

  • I have heard that there is a concurrent review of children story times and other library activities, with the view to centralise these within the City of Charles Sturt (I.e. Cease at some libraries). Libraries facilitate, encourage, support and enhance community interaction, relationships, connection and social inclusion. So my concern in making changes to this, and other library locations is the impact to the local community, and the risk of community and individual isolation. Please also consider the social outcomes to changes being considered to our local libraries.

    Jane asked 6 months ago

    The Library Service is developing a new service model, based on a branch specialisation and differentiation of services. 

    The aim would be to provide what would be considered core library services in each location, and to additionally specialise services and programs by location based on a defined target audience.  This model will be the subject of upcoming community engagement/consultation.

    We have also been exploring our role in relation to addressing low literacy levels within our community, and how we develop and deliver programs to connect with these families. We are also exploring other ways of delivering programs via outreach services rather than exclusively within our buildings, also as a means of connecting with a range of families who may not currently utilise libraries. 

  • I would not like to see the Henley Library moved (again). It was moved from Henley Square to the corner of South Street and East Terrace many years ago now (parking was a problem at both locations) and then relocated to it's present location. This is an ideal location as there is parking for patrons including the disabled. Whereas the Square has limited parking. The library is well laid out and accessible to all. Council rates and dog licences can be paid there, library caters for all tastes eg music, movies, fiction and non fiction etc. Staff are friendly, helpful and the atmosphere is relaxing.

    Annette asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback regarding location and parking, it's great to hear you find the atmosphere relaxing.  Your feedback will be included in a report to Council at conclusion of the consultation.

  • Hi Celia I note you say the council is exploring ways to provide a library service to the whole community. How is changing the current location and in effect down grading the service, going to do that ? I have read all the submissions to this forum and ALL agree that the current location is user friendly and accessible. If it's not broken don't try to fix it.

    Queenie 5024 asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the question.

    The consultation is about seeking to understand how the library can provide a service for existing users and people that currently don't use the library due to declining visitation that has occurred across all our libraries over the last 5 years.

    As part of this we are exploring the possibility of a new location such as a location close to the Square, shopping and cafes.  This is based on the experience of other libraries that have relocated into shopping precincts and it has shown an increased interaction and utilisation of the library by the community.

  • This statement seems to contradict the concerns raised regarding the lack of "foot-traffic": "... the library would focus on a suite of core collections which would be developed and refreshed based on community interest and appetite." Surely by only focussing upon “core collections” that are “based on the community's interest and appetite" you are essentially reducing the overall appeal of what a library stands for, how it is used and, as you have noted as a major reason for relocation, a lessening in foot-traffic? If for example, you concentrated your "suite of core collections" upon: 1) Biographies, True Crime, House & Garden, Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Food & Beverages, Computing, Travel 2) Children’s fiction and non-fiction Where does that leave those who have absolutely no interest (or very little interest) in these areas? Are they expected to travel greater distances to access those areas you have decided "the community" is less interested in? A library is a place of learning, a place that offers access to otherwise, inaccessible books etc, a place where children can begin their love of books and learning to read. By reducing this service you will be denying and reducing the ability of children and adults in the area to enjoy books as materials for learning, escapism and dreams to aspire to. Not everyone has the time, money, ability to purchase nor travel great distances in order to enjoy the books, magazines, etc that the Henley Library offers. One size does *not* fit all and in attempting to do so, this will ultimately impact upon the appeal of the library and reduce the effectiveness of its services greatly. I do appreciate the need for more foot-traffic, but any relocation needs to take into account the needs of all who visit - the disabled need parking close by, with easy navigation on footpaths and busy periods, will reduce the ease of access the closer you situate to Henley Square. This is especially so on the south side near the Ramsgate Hotel towards Henley Beach Road. Try finding a park during summer just to grab a coffee and see how easy it is, then calculate access for that mum with 3 kids, or a person requiring the use a wheelchair or walking aid, to fully appreciate how important the phrase “ease of access” really is. The Henley Library is an important part of this community and reducing its overall appeal, services and relocating unwisely, will negate *any* of the concerns raised in the report - it is hoped that a thorough analysis is undertaken with all aspects of relocation investigated with the long-term success of a “fully functioning” community library at the heart of any decision.

    NR asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback.  

    In regards to the suite of core collections, we wanted to share a few examples to stimulate ideas. The purpose of the consultation is to understand what the community would like to see in the library, so please let us know what you would like to see in the collection. 

    The collection would be regularly refreshed and the community will also continue to have access to the one card network which provides access to over 4 million items.

  • In recent years the commercial areas and liquor licensing spaces in and around Henley Square have increased substantially . The counter balance to this is to create indoor community spaces that are inclusive of all members of the community and offer free, intergeneration activities that promote creativity, social change and intellectual thought. As a family who lives near Henley Square and who in broad daylight has more than once witnessed alcohol fuelled violence and even a spill over of domestic abuse into our front yard please keep the library well away from this.

    Jane asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for providing your feedback.  It will be included in the overall report presented to Council at the conclusion of the consultation.

  • I find one of the reasons given for the library relocation puzzling. The proposition that passing foot traffic would increase library visitations doesn't make sense. Surely the best way to achieve increased community interaction with the library is to focus on improving services provided. I'd prefer to see the money spent on this aspect instead of relocating the library.

    Andrew Q asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback on the services provided by the library.  

    The reason for considering the relocation is to explore ways in which to provide a library service for the whole community and also making sure our libraries support the needs of our community so they are relevant into the future. 

    We are seeking to find the right location and develop the right offering for both our existing customers and new customers. One aspect of this is exploring the appetite of both our regular users and non users to relocate the library in an area that provides other facilities such as the Square, shopping and cafes.  This is based on research of other libraries that have relocated into shopping precincts and have experienced an increased interaction and utilisation of the library by the community.

  • As a resident of West Beach and avid reader and library user the thought of having to negotiate Henley Square crowds, parking and traffic to access the closest library service is abhorrent. I see no point in moving the library nearer to Henley Square. I regularly put books on hold and picking up from West Lakes or Henley Square would be very time consuming and inconvenient. People visiting Henley square are frequently not locals ( or rate payers !) and wouldn't use the new library anyway. People visit the square to socialise, meet friends etc and adding a library to this mix doesn't make sense. What is the real reason for this potential move Charles Sturt Council? More land grabbing for "mixed" use ( read residential ). Perhaps Council could concentrate their time and energy on other matters such as lobbying for better public transport in the West. Leave OUR Library where it is. Thankyou.

    Queenie 5024 asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for providing your feedback and your experience about parking and traffic.  It will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • If you do move into the shopping centre...create jobs and maybe the older staff can take redundancy packages, because technology is moving staff and some librarians are still in the dinosaur age regarding there tech savvy skills and customer service!

    sappho asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback.

  • As a local who has used the Henley library for many years as have my children, I question the viability of relocating to the square. Parking spaces are at an absolute premium around the square. I shop at Foodland so I know first hand how difficult it would be to get a park at all times in the square. For goodness sake the square is a entertainment precinct used by half of Adelaide. Of course parking is at a premium. I cannot see how you can cater for the elderly or the disabled if the library was relocated to the square. Henley Library is used by the young Mums with children. It is much safer where the library currently is. There is very rarely a problem getting a park where the library currently is. I regularly use the library and would be very disappointed to see it move. All the locals know where the library is and visit regularly. The type of person visiting the square is not going to be seeking a library. They are going there for food and entertainment. As a ratepayer of 20 years I would be severely disappointed at any hasty decision to close our beloved library. I do not agree with your statements above and believe that there will always be a need for the library. I think that we should be actively encouraging the use of a library. It is a very important part of a community and to say otherwise is very short-sighted

    Lynne asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback.  It will be included in a report to Council at conclusion of the consultation.

  • I have been joining baby and story time at Henley library (and other libraries) for the past 5 years and my children and I have loved it. I have loved watching my children interact with others, learn new songs and it is where their love of books has grown. I also love how Henley library is open on Sunday afternoons (before Findon starting opening on Sundays). It is great to head down there with the kids to pass the time on a bad weather day. Above, it is mentioned that the visitation and physical loans have seen a decline at the Henley library. My question is how do you collect statistics on visits? as I have been to the library many times and not borrowed a book, DVD or CD but have used the facilities to entertain and engage with my children. Do you not recognise and see that as a benefit to the community? how does that visit get counted? Also, reading lots of people's comments on here and it seems many share the same concern regarding the inadequate parking at Henley Square. Have you been to HS during the summer months? you have to park very far away from the Square (and this includes the 2 hour parks!). Do you really think that moving the library 280 metres or a 3 minute walk (according to Google maps) will increase the visitation?

    Nik asked 6 months ago

    Hi

    Thanks for your questions.

    A suite of statistics are continually gathered, analysed and reported upon through the library service which include key performance indicators to assist in monitoring the trends in usage.  

    Two of the industry standard measures are ‘Visitation’ which is gathered via door counting software at each library location and ‘Loans’ through the Library Management System.

    In relation to parking, the parking options will vary depending on the new location. There are several car parks adjacent to the square including those with a 2 hour limit to ensure turnover of parking.

    There is also an opportunity to explore 24/7 access through the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. This means that customers of the library could potentially access the library facility and its services any time of day or night, outside the hours when staff may be in the building.

  • Henley library isn't just a library it is a community space. We love the library from the friendly staff to the heart foundation walks they do in the morning on Fridays. I think that it is unexepytable to take away something that matters so much to so many people from young families to librarians. At Henley beach everyone matters and with the amount of memories so many people have made you can not take this place from us. It is very convenient where it is so if you do anything other then help this library many people will be hurt.

    asked 6 months ago

    Hi 

    Thanks for your feedback and sharing your experiences and involvement with the library.

  • Surely the CSS is putting the cart before the horse with the current community consultation. Quoting from the Council Agenda item 6.46 of 24 April that introduced the poll. " In response to the changing environment, the Library Service is developing a new service model, based on a branch specialisation and differentiation of services (as opposed to every branch providing exactly the same services). The aim would be to provide, what would be considered core library services in each location, but to additionally specialise services and programs by location based on a defined target audience. In this model one library would focus on children and families (Civic), one would focus on adults and adult learning (West Lakes), one would focus on arts and culture (and potentially cultural diversity), (probably Hindmarsh but maybe Findon) and two of our smaller libraries will become ‘boutique’ libraries reflecting the immediate local community needs. This model will be the subject of upcoming community engagement/consultation. Yet the model is not part of the current consultation process. With respect the community want to know what will be gained and what will be lost in the 'boutique' library before we discuss where it should be. In my opinion the current library is the second best performing library of the five CCS libraries. if its not broken don not fix it.

    Pedro S asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your question.  

    We are undertaking the current consultation to gauge the community’s appetite for changing the location of the library.  

    In reference to the Council report, the Library Service is developing a new service model, in response to the changing environment of libraries.  This model will be the subject of future consultation.    

  • I do not support the relocation of the Henley library. Currently the library is a suitable distance from Henley Square which makes access and parking achievable. There is a bus stop directly out the front which provides additional access. It has been widely acknowledged that the parking around the Square is a massive problem. And moving the library facility closer to the Square would only compound the parking problem and potentially decrease visitation to library for those seeing access/parking as a barrier. Also, I'm unsure what the term 'boutique' actually means. It sounds suspiciously like a euphemism for down-sizing. And that would be an incredible shame. As a mother with a young child, the library with its Story Time and children's collection of storybooks, DVDs and CDs has been invaluable. Story Time was an amazing chance to connect with other mothers and their babies/children within the community. While e-Books may be on the readership increase, traditional books are what young kids want and need. And the many benefits of parents or caregivers spending time reading books with their children has been widely acknowledged in many studies. The library is such a valuable community asset. To move it, down-size it, and make it less accessible would be an incredible shame for the local community. Please leave it where it is.

    Lara asked 6 months ago

    Hi Thanks for your feedback and sharing your experiences about the Henley Library.

    In regards to your question about what does boutique mean, a boutique library is a local contemporary integrated space combining a mix of more targeted collections, technology/Wi-Fi access, and casual lounge areas. There is an opportunity to explore setting up a new library at Henley with 24/7 access through the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. This means that customers of the library could potentially access the library facility and its services any time of day or night, outside the hours when staff may be in the building.

  • What is a 'boutique' library? The literature seems to suggest that key features are smallness in size, specialisation in content and autonomy in management. Is this what is envisaged? What governance arrangements would a Henley 'boutique' library have? What are the current staffing levels of the library and what would they be for the 'boutique' version?

    Pelican Paul asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the question.  A boutique library is a local contemporary integrated space combining a mix of more targeted collections, technology/Wi-Fi access, and casual lounge areas. There is an opportunity to explore setting up a new library at Henley with 24/7 access through the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. This means that customers of the library could potentially access the library facility and its services any time of day or night, outside the hours when staff may be in the building.

    In regards to staffing, this isn't expected to change.  Staff from our City West team and a number of other library staff do regular front line shifts within the library.

  • I think the Henley Library is in a great location, as it reflects the community spirit of the area. It needs to be away from the busy Square. Its current location allows easy access for many students at nearby schools, which instills the importance of life skills, such as reading for enjoyment and being part of a community centre. I would be interested to know more about the 1.5million dollars required to update the Library. I'm sure it could benefit from a makeover, but this seems like an awful amount of dollars.

    Famkol asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback.  The figure of $1.5 million dollars refers to upgrading the existing library to create a contemporary open plan space.  This would include changes to the existing layout as it is currently across three separate floor levels.

  • I have used the Henley Beach library in the past, and I think it is not a wise move to relocate because of parking problems, size etc.

    carloficulle asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback, we will be including all responses in a report back to Council at the conclusion of the consultation.

  • Hi, A couple of questions.... -where would the library be relocated to? -how many books would be available on site? -what facilities would there be? Seats, tables, open areas, kids areas, outdoor space, etc? -what improvements would there be from the existing? -what disadvantages? -how many car parks would be available? -would there be free bikes as per the existing library? -would all existing staff and operating hours be retained? thanks Tom

    tassietome asked 6 months ago

    Hi Tom

    Thanks for your questions. If the library were to be relocated multiple locations would be investigated.  The City Services Committee report suggests two possible locations - a shop within the Pavilion Shopping Centre or the Overflow building, where Paul Caica's office is currently situated.  The location of parking and types of parking available would also vary depending on the location.

    In  regards to facilities in conjunction with a suite of core collections and any proposed specialised collections, the community will have continued access to WiFi and the Internet, the ability to undertake Council Customer Service payments such as dog registrations and rates payments along with space for people to relax, read the newspaper and interact with others.

    In terms of staffing it is not envisaged that this would change.  Staff from our City West and a number of other library staff do regular front line shifts within the library. 

    Operating hours may be more flexible with the possibility of swipe card access to be explored to enable access to parts of the library outside of regular staffed hours.

  • Where exactly will the new library be located to in Henley Square?

    Paul C asked 6 months ago

    Hi, thanks for the question.  If the library was relocated multiple locations would be investigated.  The City Services Committee report suggests two possible locations - a shop within the Pavilion Shopping Centre or the Overflow building, where Paul Caica's office is currently situated.

  • I am not against moving the library if it is for the best and improvement for the services we provide however one big question about the relocation to the square is lack of parking if that could be addressed and fixed it could work

    . asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback.  Parking is something that would be considered and would vary depending on the location.  There are several car parks adjacent to the square including those with a 2 hour time limit to ensure turnover of parking.

  • Please don't change Henley Library! The current location has so much in its favour...easy access, parking, an ideal children's section which is very well used, plenty of room for prams or wheelchairs, well stocked shelves, popular computer areas, and so on.. Henley Library has a friendly welcoming atmosphere and is a regular visiting place for many local people.

    KateP asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your experience, we'll include your feedback in the report to Council.

  • It appears that the only way to submit questions or provide feedback is online. Doesn’t this discriminate against people with limited or no computing skills? Why aren’t there “suggestion boxes’ in the community where people can provide written comments on this and other issues where the council is asking for community feedback?

    martciel asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the question.  Shortly display boards with information will appear in the Henley Beach and Civic Libraries.  We are also holding an open day this Saturday in Henley Square to gather feedback.

  • There is no need to move the Henley library. There is no parking where the proposed library at Henley Square is. Leave it alone!!!!!!!

    Bookworm Willy asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback, we are exploring multiple locations as part of the proposal and therefore parking options would vary.  

  • I am definitely against changing the Henley Public Library in any way. It is well patronised as it is and passing foot traffic in another situation is unlikely to make a difference. When something works do not change it. It is a very popular library for young and old, ample car parking etc.

    Judy asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback, it will be included in a report to Council.

  • I really love the library where it is. It's an ease to park and I always feel relaxed when I walk into the library. If it moved to Henley square I fear a lot of people may get anxious going to the library where there was too much foot traffic and parking issues especially in summer madness

    Sallea asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your comments on foot traffic and parking.  

    As foot traffic has dropped off at Henley Beach we are looking at models where libraries have changed to a location that offers multiple services and as a result have seen an increase in patronage.  We are also looking at how the library can attract new users while also working for our existing library users.  One idea being considered is enabling access after hours - so people can access the library at a time that suits them such as during quieter times or to fit in with people's lifestyles.  

    If you would like to share more details on the anxiety experienced around an increase in foot traffic please feel free to share this in this forum or through our survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Henleylibrary

  • This really isn't necessary Charles Sturt Council. Why don't you spend your money wisely by upgrading and refurbishing the current location. Parking is a big factor and is ideal at present location considering the amount of residents who don't want to be effected come the middle of summer when it will be heavily busy in the new location. It's safe, quiet, easy to approach and it would be wiser to upgrade the move. Thank you.

    Sharleen asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback and sharing your experience about parking.  All feedback and the survey results will be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I am a regular library user. I don't support any relocation or change in the size or services provided by the Henley Library. The current location provides excellent parking facilities away from the nightmare parking at Henley Square. On my regular visits to the library I consider that all the library facilities and services are all well used by the high number of visitors. A smaller space is not appropriate for the facilities and services provided.

    george asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback George.  We will be looking at the common themes from the consultation and presenting it in a report back to Council.

  • The location of the Henley library is perfect were it is, this is not the first time the council has tried to close or move the library and the rate payers response has been the same. Moving the library to Henley Square will cause more congestion. I visit the library often and am always amazed how much it us utilised by people using the computers and the activities for children as well as free bike hire. This is one service that I am happy that my rates go toward to provide a family friendly atmosphere that encourages both the older generation and the younger generation to mix together.

    FL asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback FL, we will be collating all the comments we receive to be included in a report to Council at the end of the consultation.

  • I have been a regular library user since moving into the area six years ago and have appreciated the ease of access and range of services at the current location. The children’s service has been particularly important for my grand children. Locating the service nearer Henley Square would create significant problems for users. The square can be very hard to access at peak times, particularly in summer, and I can’t imagine it is going to get any easier with all the new developments taking place there. It doesn’t seem fair to force library users who aren’t using the retail facilities at the square to compete with all the other traffic. What has been done to promote the range of the Henley library services to residents in the Grange, West Beach and Henley areas? Would clearer, more comprehensive signage encourage more people to check out the service? Why not survey current and past users to try and understand why their usage patterns have changed and what might get more people in through the doors? What evidence is there that passing foot traffic would increase usage or that people who shop are more likely to use a library if it is nearby?

    martciel asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback, this will help us to understand how we can better provide a library service for both existing and new customers.

    One of the reasons for considering the relocation of the library is based on research and the experience of other libraries that  experienced an increased use of the library when they were located closer to retail precincts. 


  • Dear Council, In the proposed relocation, are you going to reduce the library services and amenity to the public? For example, we do NOT WANT a smaller space which would mean less available desk space, less shelving for books and other resources to browse through, smaller children's area, etc. The library is currently in a perfectly satisfactory position, only a minute's walk from the Square and usually easy to find a park.

    PeterJ asked 6 months ago

    Hi Peter

    A new library location wouldn't mean reduced library services, the library would focus on a suite of core collections which would be developed and refreshed based on community interest and appetite. 

    These could include:-

    •  Best sellers and fiction listing

    •  Biographies, True Crime, House & Garden, Healthy Mind, Healthy Body,

    Food & Beverages, Computing, Travel

    •  Children’s fiction and non-fiction

    In addition there is access to over 4 million items from across the ‘One Card’ library network.

    In conjunction with a suite of core collections and any proposed specialised collections, the community will have continued access to WiFi and the Internet, the ability to undertake Council Customer Service payments such as dog registrations and rates payments along with space for people to relax, read the newspaper and interact with others.

    Sarah


  • Why does it need to be moved?

    Celia asked 6 months ago

    Hi Celia,

    We are exploring ways in which to provide a library service for the whole community and also making sure our libraries support the needs of our community so they are relevant into the future.  We are seeking to find the right location and develop the right offering for both our existing customers and new customers.

    We have experienced declining visitation across all our libraries over the last 5 years as the community changes how they interact with our libraries.  People not only visit the library in person but many also through online interaction.  

    We are investigating locating the library in an area that provides other facilities such as the Square, shopping and cafes.  Libraries that have relocated into shopping precincts have experienced an increased interaction and utilisation of the library by the community.



  • 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 6 months 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 months 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 6 months 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 months 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.