Shape the Future of Henley Library

Consultation has concluded

A report was presented to Council on 11 September 2017 with the result of the consultation. It was recommended that the Henley Beach Library remain in its current location. The full Council report can be read 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.

A report was presented to Council on 11 September 2017 with the result of the consultation. It was recommended that the Henley Beach Library remain in its current location. The full Council report can be read 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.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Henley beach library is a great resource, and doesn't need to change.

    by annamlewis, almost 2 years ago

    My family and I moved to Henley beach in August last year. The library has been immensely valuable to us. We visit weekly, and sometimes more frequently, with the children to borrow books (for them and ourselves), to use the computers etc and go to storytime. I have often raved about how good the library here is compared to those I've visited in the UK and we will miss it immensely when we return to the UK . The proposed plans sound ludicrous to me. What you have is a great space and a lovely building which provide a valuable... Continue reading

  • 4 Generations of my family have used this library

    by Cheryl, about 2 years ago

    I am opposed to changes to the Henley Beach library, the location is great, it is easy to access, has parking that isn't used by the Henley Square users especially during the busy summer months. The council would be better off spending money doing cosmetic upgrades then changing something that is a great local service.

    I have been using this library for 37 years since we moved to Henley Beach. My Grandma often took me to the library and she was an avid Henley library user when she was alive. The staff used to joke that she had read her... Continue reading

  • BOUTIQUE LIBRARIES DON'T MEET COMMUNITY NEEDS

    by wheaties, about 2 years ago

    (submitted on behalf of a local resident who was unable to register online)

    The Henley and Grange Library service and its collections should serve the breadth and depth of  educational, recreational and information needs of the local Henley Grange  and West Beach community –  which covers all age groups and cultural  and educational backgrounds.  In addition to its physical and digital collections the library should also  provide community ‘spaces’ for a range of community activities  from vibrant storytelling sessions for young children to book group discussions to providing meeting rooms for local community groups. A reduced more specialised... Continue reading

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  • Long-term Library Benefits

    by Becky Llewellyn, about 2 years ago

    In 1977, forty years ago, I took my infant son in a wicker basket to meetings of the Henley & Grange Council library formation committee. At the time there was only a subscription library in Henley and Grange. Our committee was passionate about the Council providing a free public library service. I remember the chairman, Councillor Fred Angus, dangling his big set of keys for my baby boy to play with. It took a few years and many more ups and downs but the public Henley library eventually came into being.

    That little boy is now a... Continue reading

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  • HENLEY LIBRARY - BY ERICA JOLLY

    by wheaties, about 2 years ago

    Why have you worded the request for comment in the way that you have? You clearly want to undermine the humanity that is the basis of the Henley Beach Community Library. The Henley Community Library, where it is, is safe from the congestion of the Square. It is much more accessible where it is for the long time stay of those who want to browse and read or share baby time. It is certainly not isolated - the library also offers opportunities for those older people wanting to develop their capacity to make cards for friends and relatives and bring... Continue reading

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  • Supportive family library

    by Tom Hilder, about 2 years ago

    I have been involved since I was a child 40 years ago - regularly visiting and using my local library.

    I am happy that we have such a good local library at Henley Beach for my family to use. We often visit and our children are avid readers, which has helped their literacy and love for books enormously. The staff at Henley Library are fantastic and always helpful. The facilities are also great with lots of books available, the ability to order and reserve online, study desks, lounges, a lovely little garden, carparking, wifi access, access to papers and magazines,... Continue reading

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