Cabonne Council has called tenders for construction that will see the Molong Library relocated from the Railway Station to a new location adjacent to the Molong Community Hall in Bank Street and the replacement of the current “Mitchell Room” with a suite of community meeting romms and facilities.
Previously it had been proposed to relocated the Library to a refurbished “Connelly’s store” building next to the Council Chambers.
After discussions with the Molong Library working party it was decided to relocate the library to a “more sustainable location” by improving accessibility to the main user groups of the library.
The preferred location was the Mitchell Room and council acquired a neighbouring dwelling to give a more substantial space for a library. It is proposed to demolish the dwelling and the Mitchell room, and build the library with access to the existing hall.
The entrance to the Community Hall will also be upgraded.
The key aspects of the design address the street, relationship between it and the hall, new toilets to serve the new building and the hall, relocation of the kitchen of the Community Hall, entry from the car park due to high level of patrons using their cars and an alternate entry at the front of the building.
Community meeting rooms are proposed at the front of the library, which can be used for functions for the hall and other purposes. The library will have a reading area with lounges and a children’s area. The library will be able to multi-function as bookcases and operable walls will enable larger spaces for special purposes, including the expansion of the meeting rooms.
Entry to the carpark will be from Shields Lane and there will be 12 spaces including disabled car park.
The budget is $1,380,000 which includes the $200,000 from the Public Library Infrastructure grant made to the Council earlier this year.
Tenders Close early February.