New Marrickville Library and Pavilion

Marrickville Library is moving to a brand new purpose-built library and community space on the former site of the Marrickville Hospital.

It will open in spring 2019.

This space is now known as Patyegarang Place and it is currently being transformed into a vibrant community hub with a state-of-the-art library, large scale public art, green spaces, a café and play areas.

About the building

The building integrates contemporary design and technology with the original, conserved heritage elements of the main hospital building. It is uncompromising with regards to sustainability, with recycled elements wherever possible and clever design features that reduce energy consumption.

Our collection is growing

Due to an increase in library shelving space over 20,000 new books will be added to the current collection taking the collection to 85,000 books.

The library will also house the Council’s historic art book collection that until now – due to space issues - has not been easily accessible to the public.

Building stats at a glance

  • 3,600 m² of purpose-built library and event space spread over three storeys
  • 1,200 m² of landscaped outdoor garden and a 100 m² children’s playground
  • A café with indoor and outdoor seating areas
  • 1,230+ linear metres of shelving for the library collection
  • Six small study rooms ideal for group assignments or private study.
  • Two large event/program rooms for hire with full conference facilities and full size catering kitchen
  • Two medium sized meeting rooms 
  • 58 underground car parking spaces including 5 accessible spots and a loading dock
  • Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the library
  • Printing facilities
  • Twenty six public computers six of those complete with Adobe Suite
  • A technology teaching area

FAQs

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About the new library

Where is the new Marrickville Library and Pavilion located?

Patyegarang Place
313 Marrickville Road, (Corner of Marrickville and Livingstone Road)
Marrickville

When will the new Marrickville Library open?

The opening is planned for spring 2019. We do not have an exact date just yet.

How big is the new library?

The new library is three times larger than the old Marrickville Library. The new Library will contain collection space, meeting rooms, youth space, a technology area, a children's zone with its own outdoor play space and a café.

What is meant by ‘community spaces’?

The community spaces include new community and cultural facilities that are available to hire and reserve: a large pavilion with conference facilities, meetings rooms and study rooms.

There is excellent Wi-Fi throughout the building which is free to use, along with relaxed, lounge seating.  Other community spaces are a sunken garden park, children’s playground and café.

When will the existing library shut?

We don’t have a confirmed date yet but will update this page when we do know.

In one word, how would you describe the new Marrickville Library and Pavilion?

Spectacular!

How will the move affect access to library resources?

Will services be affected during the move?

Yes. This is a large project and we need to relocate 85,000 books. We are aiming to keep disruption to a minimum but there will be restricted access to library services and resources during this time.

We will need to close the existing library site while we move books across to the new location. We encourage customers to use our other Inner West Library branches during this time, although customers can return books via the out of hours chute.

We will then reopen the existing library until the new Marrickville Library opens so that our customers can access computer and Wi-Fi services and attend children's programs.  During this time there will be no access to the Marrickville Library book collection.

We don’t have confirmed dates on the book relocation yet but will announce key dates on this page.

What happened to the ibis that lived on the site?

In 2016 Council approved the removal of five Canary Island date palms at the south-east corner of the site. White ibis are a protected native species and approval was conditional on the preparation of a white ibis management plan to carefully manage the population nesting in the trees.

Specialist consultants were engaged by Mirvac to manage the ibis. Nests and eggs were removed without harming any remaining chicks. These chicks were left to fledge before the trees were removed.

Great care was taken to ensure no chicks remained in the nests via small mirrors and CCTV cameras mounted on extension poles. There is suitable habitat nearby for the remaining adult population.

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Page last updated: 11 Jul 2019