In a move that has evoked mixed community reactions, Campbelltown’s library services are set to relocate to Downtown Plaza, at the former Spotlight store on Queen Street.
The planned relocation of HJ Daley Library will see all existing services and programs housed at the three-level Queen Street site from 2024.
Mayor George Greiss said the new CBD location was an opportunity to enhance existing library services while also taking advantage of a new space to trial ideas and programs that will benefit the community in the future.
“As our city grows, so has the demand for a library that can provide for the increased number of programs and resources required to service the modern Campbelltown community,” Cr Greiss said.
Meanwhile, merchants on Queen Street are looking forward to the economic benefits that increased foot traffic could bring them.
“We anticipate the library will attract 10,000 additional visitors to the city centre each month, creating significant economic uplift for surrounding businesses and building on projects such as On Q and our public art program to help realise the goals of the Reimagining Campbelltown City Centre Master Plan,” Cr Greiss said.
The current library building will be demolished to make way for a purpose-built $50 million integrated cancer care centre due to open in mid-2024 as the result of a partnership between Campbelltown City Council, Northwest Healthcare Properties, GenesisCare and Erilyan.
Work will start in the coming weeks to prepare the library’s new site for the relocation.