A BIG crowd of residents turned out to meet staff and sample activities including story time, craft, Lego club, robotics, giant games and face painting when the new Lakelands library and community centre was officially opened yesterday.
The spacious, sunny centre is set to be a community hub boasting a mix of library and community driven programs, activities and events.
It provides a place for the local community to learn and grow, thanks to a range of services, hireable meeting rooms, spaces for children and families and access to PCs and wireless connection.
Mayor Rhys Williams opened the centre and said it would bring huge benefits to Mandurah’s northern suburbs.
“It is a fantastic addition and a real asset to the fast-growing suburb of Lakelands and surrounding areas,’’ he said.
November 25 marks the first anniversary of self-service at all Mandurah libraries.
The self-service system allows members to check out resources through self-service kiosks.
The system has improved customer service delivery, resource management, security of library assets and frees up significant staff time to perform other activities.
The Mandurah libraries service more than 29,000 members, about 309,000 visitors a year and issue more than 470,000 items a year.
In recent years, the libraries have grown their services to meet community needs from simply offering books and periodicals to multi-media items such as CDs and DVDs and a range of programs including literacy development and learning activities.