'A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. That includes health information. And mental health information. It's a community space. It's a place of safety, a haven from the world'
'I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me'
'When in doubt go to the library'
Whatever you think about libraries, we want to hear it - to help develop our new Inner West Council Library Strategy. The strategy will guide the library service over the next five years and make sure it meets the needs of users now and in the future.
There are eight libraries in the Inner West local government area -
- Ashfield Library
- Balmain Library
- Leichhardt Library
- Haberfield Library
- St Peters / Sydenham Library
- Stanmore Library
- Marrickville Library
- Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, Dulwich Hill
and an online library of ebooks, audiobooks and other resources. Read more about the current service here.
Have your say
We want to know what you do at the library now and what you want to do/borrow but can't,
are you happy with the service? are there enough books and other resources for you?
are the libraries open at convenient times? what does your ideal library of the future look and feel like?
...and if you don't come to the library, we want to know why and what we can do to welcome you in.
Fill in the Library Strategy survey to let us know
If you would like a paper copy sent to you, call Annie Coulthard on 02 9392 5328.
The survey has now closed
Rachel Marreiros, Team Leader Balmain Library 9392 5937 firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens next
Council will collate all the input gathered in the survey and publish an engagement outcomes report on this page. That information and other research will be used to develop a draft Library Strategy which will be put on public exhibition for public comment later this year. The draft will be finalised, taking into account comments received during the public exhibition process and reported to Council for adoption.