October 2014 means carpet, shelving and soaring staircases

Our sense of excitement is building as heavy equipment leaves the majority of the building and the true sense of the size of the interiors comes to the fore.  Despite the recent wild weather, the new Penrith library is forging ahead.

In the collection areas, carpet is being laid and the shelving is being installed in preparation for the move and merge of the Ward and Allen libraries collections later this year. Tucked away behind these, the dedicated quiet and silent study areas are coming to life.

The 19 group study rooms are shaping up, with glass walls and the brackets for monitors providing a sense of the size and shape of these rooms.

Across the central atrium void, where the stairs float up through the levels, the open study areas are taking shape with the skeletons of study booths, BYOD bench areas, and power, power everywhere. Combined with the extra height ceilings, corner voids linking levels 1 and 3, and expansive windows, inviting and comfortable student spaces are evolving daily.

Outside, landscaping works have commenced, linking the new Penrith library with the wider campus and surrounding buildings.

We remain on track for opening the doors for the start of Autumn session 2015.  As the inevitable impacts of merging staff, collections and services are known for the current Ward and Allen libraries, we will endeavour to keep you, our clients, informed as far ahead of time as possible.  Note the Penrith Allen library will be open for the duration of Summer session, providing access to study rooms, computing, printing, Summer session texts and services provided by Library staff.


This building is shaping up to be a tremendous addition to Kingswood Campus. While I will miss the quiet surrounds of Werrington South, the new Library promises to provide a much needed central hub which will transform the feel of UWS at Penrith.