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Australian Capital Territory Minister for City Services Chris Steel

Revamp For Woden Library

Victor P Taffa

Minister for City Services Chris Steel today invited Canberrans to get involved in the design of a new community space at Woden Library.

“Woden is Canberra’s most successful library and these upgrades will help further enhance the space for the community.” Minister Steel said.

“Space freed up by the heritage library gives us an opportunity to work with the community to co-design the upgrades to meet the needs of the Woden community.”

“We want Canberrans to think about what free experiences and services they want easy access to in this space. We’re keen to hear from both library users as well as those who may not have visited the library before.”

Woden Library opened in 1977 and is the busiest of the 9 public library branches in the Australian Capital Territory.


Minister Steel said investing in the design and delivery of the refurbishment works to bring new life to the top level where the Heritage Library used to be located as well as some other parts of the library.

This could include, for example, educational or programming spaces or community meeting rooms.

“This is the first step in a broader libraries co-design process to deeply engage the Australian Capital Territory community in the future of their local libraries.” Minister Steel said.

New community space at the library will complement the investment the Government is making to the Woden Town Centre.

“Upgrades at the Woden Library is yet another public project that is supporting the regeneration of Woden Town Centre, together with a new Transport Canberra interchange, the next stage of light rail, the new Woden community centre, the Woden Experiment, and upgrades to footpaths and cycleways.” Minister Steel said.

People can share their ideas and register to attend a design workshop on 6 or 9 November. Visit the ideas wall at the Woden Library to share your thoughts or speak to one of our friendly staff members.

Ideas will contribute to what the new community space will be. All ideas received will be considered for future opportunities at the Woden Library.

Consultation closes on Friday 15 November 2019.


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