Magnificent new Library for Inner West

Monday, 29 July 2019

Council is inviting the community to the grand opening of the spectacular new state-of-the-art Marrickville Library on Saturday 31, August, for a day of exploration and activities in the amazing new community space.

The architecturally-designed Library and Pavilion will mark a new era in library service for the Inner West. The Library is set to offer a remarkable array of services and house 85,000 books in a beautiful structure that incorporates the heritage listed buildings of the old Marrickville Hospital with soaring new spaces.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said that the new Library was going to transform Marrickville Road.

“I invite everyone to join us on the official open day of the new library and explore this amazing community space.

“It’s one of the biggest projects in Council’s history and we are delivering a truly magnificent facility that will provide an amazing array of services.

“It’s an inspiring space - I can honestly say it will be one of most visually stunning libraries in Sydney.

“We are offering 20,000 more books than the old Marrickville Library, in a building that will be a benchmark for technology and suitability. I’m confident that that all local people will be proud of what Council is delivering.”

The grand opening day will start at 10am with a traditional smoking ceremony and feature roving performers, drop-in children’s workshops and walking tours for patrons to learn the history of the site and the features of the new space.

The Library and an attached Pavilion, designed by renowned architectural firm BVN, are situated on the site of the old Marrickville Hospital, an area now known as Patyegarang Place.

It includes a new junior library and garden, a space dedicated to community languages, beautiful artworks, meeting spaces and private study rooms and over 1,200 square metres of garden space.

Features of Patyegarang Place include:

• Sustainable design, including natural light and ventilation, environmentally-friendly warming and cooling, rain tanks, recycled bricks and timber and overall 25% reduction of energy use.
• A home for Council’s historic art book collection that has never before been publicly accessible.
• A new café with indoor and outdoor seating, and a Pavilion that opens out to a sunken lawn and can be hired out.
• Specially commissioned public artworks.
• Fifty-eight underground car parking spaces including five accessible car spots.
• Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the library and Wi-Fi and printing facilities.
• Public computers complete with Adobe Suite and a technology teaching area.

Media: Contact the Communication team for a sneak preview of the new Marrickville Library

For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath | Media and Communications Coordinator P: +61 2 9392 5334 | E:


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