City of Perth Library welcomes millionth visitor since March 2016 opening


Chair of Commissioners Eric Lumsden with library member Oliver Gatty (East Perth) and City of Perth Library manager Cheryl Parrott. Picture: Martin Kennealey d483723
Chair of Commissioners Eric Lumsden with library member Oliver Gatty (East Perth) and City of Perth Library manager Cheryl Parrott. Picture: Martin Kennealey d483723

CITY of Perth Library last week had its one millionth visit since opening in March 2016.

In the past two years, the Library has attracted 27,111 new members, more than half a million website hits and issued 855,040 loans.

Long-time member Oliver Gatty, who reads up to two books a week, said he visited the library two or three times a week.

He spoke highly of the facilities and staff.

“I remember being a member of the library when it was below Council House but I’ve been an active member since they were in 140 William Street,” he said.

“I use it for books and DVDs, not much research; their online resources are phenomenal as well, so plenty of e-books and e-magazines as well.”

Chair of Commissioners Eric Lumsden said the library offered a peaceful and comfortable place for visitors, city workers, students, tourists, researchers and children.

“Meeting the needs of the community through quality service is a key goal in our Strategic Community Plan and we are delighted to deliver on this goal by continuing to grow our range of resources and events for the community and reaching the milestone of one million visits,” he said.

Designed by Kerry Hill Architects and built by Doric, the library has also won at least four architectural awards, including joint winner of the WA Architecture Awards’ George Temple Pool Award, and received four design commendations, including an honourable mention in the 2016 Singapore Architects Awards.

MORE: RSPCA WA appeals for information in relation to five disturbing unsolved animal cruelty cases

MORE: Former US cable news anchor broadcasts Perthonality John Kizon to 1.1 million fans live from Trump-Kim summit

MORE: WA Health professionals stealing and using opioids: CCC report