The $60 million library and plaza is part of a major transformation under way at the Cathedral and Treasury Precinct, which includes the restoration of heritage buildings and upgrade to St George’s Plaza.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the development would be a significant community asset.
‘As well as lending books, it will also be a place for people to come to research, read, use equipment and facilities and participate in special events,’ Ms Scaffidi said.
‘This is an architecturally stunning building, with a graceful circular design, providing state-of-the-art facilities.’
Doric executive general manager Vince Mulholland said the complex design of the building had been an exciting challenge for the company.
‘It was really important that we maintained a Western Australian flavour to the exterior of the building, which is constructed from Austral Verde stone from Norseman,’ Mr Mulholland said.
‘We’re very proud of the finish, which we believe is both monumental and memorable.’
The new library is on the former law chambers site on Hay Street, behind St George’s Cathedral, and is the City’s first purpose-built library.
Completion is expected early next year.