Lesmurdie School and Community Library’s future in doubt


Justin O’Meara-Smith with his daughters Grace (11) and Lily (9) outside the Lesmurdie Library.
Justin O’Meara-Smith with his daughters Grace (11) and Lily (9) outside the Lesmurdie Library.

THE future of the Lesmurdie School and Community Library is in doubt after promotional efforts failed to increase patronage at the facility.

A City of Kalamunda spokeswoman said the library was the least utilised in the region.

“Following a review undertaken by the City on the future of Lesmurdie Library in 2012 and despite additional promotional efforts, usage numbers at the library have not significantly increased with only 13 per cent of all the City’s library users accessing Lesmurdie Library,” she said.

“Furthermore, 67 per cent of residents in the Lesmurdie area choose to visit the Kalamunda Library.”

Lesmurdie resident Justin O’Meara Smith said the City should not assess the quality of a service based on the number of people who walk through the door.

“This is not the first time the City has tried to close our library and it won’t be the last,” he said.

“It is very troubling that there are so many signals that the City has already decided to close the library.

“The statistics show less residents use the Lesmurdie Library but given the district is a lifestyle suburb it is actually very well used by residents living locally as well as Bickley and Carmel.”

His daughter Grace O’Meara-Smith (11) said the library was worth saving.

“At the moment my sister and I can go to the library by ourselves and the librarians know us and help us to find the books we want,” she said.

“We can’t get to Kalamunda Library by ourselves, so we wouldn’t be able to visit as much as we do.”

If the library closes Lesmurdie Senior High School will continue to operate the library and staff would be relocated to libraries in Kalamunda, High Wycombe and Forrestfield.

Mr O’Meara-Smith urged residents to comment on the future use of the library before December 13.

“Help us to keep our awesome local library,” he said.

To comment go to http://engagekalamunda.engagementhq.com/lesmurdie-library.

How many people use City of Kalamunda libraries
Lesmurdie 1,919 members
High Wycombe 2,118 members
Forrestfield 3,157 members
Kalamunda 6,727 members

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