I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published July 30th 2017
A new public facility accessible to everyone in Perth
Whether you're a student, an avid reader or a family with young children, the City of Perth Library and History Centre is a shiny new facility that is accessible to all.
Construction was completed in March 2016. The circular façade itself is truly unique and an awe-inspiring nod to modern architecture. It is located next to the Perth Town Hall, in the Cathedral Square precinct.
My husband worked on the building extensively and had raved about the children's level, which includes a 'tree room' with an actual tree in it. Cool. Getting the tree into the room was a 'pain in the backside' according to my husband. Still, it looks pretty awesome now and is a great little space for children to hang out and enjoy story time.
I took my two children and met up with a friend at the library. We grabbed lunch and a coffee and headed in to have a look. There is a café on the ground floor and you are welcome to take in food and drinks, apart from 'hot, strong smelling food'. Unfortunately, the café is closed on weekends, so we had to go elsewhere for our caffeine hit.
There are seven levels to the library – ground, mezzanine and levels one to five. Entry is via the ground floor, while on the mezzanine level, you'll find the auditorium.
Level one is the main library, where you'll find fiction and large print, newspapers and magazines and books in other languages. On each of the five levels, there are dedicated spaces to meet with others, or you can find a little nook and sit and read without a care in the world.
Level two is the History Centre – it houses the history collection, non-fiction and a number of dedicated meeting rooms. Level three, or The Terrace, has a huge collection of DVDs and Blu Rays, plus books on CD.
Level four – the Children's Level, is where I spent the majority of my visit. While other children and parents were sitting and quietly reading, my toddler just wanted to noisily run amok. And that's ok.
There are staff on each level, yet no one is all that bothered if your child has a tantrum. It is a children's level, after all. There are pint sized bookshelves dotted around the floor, plus an open area with lots of cushions and unidentified stuffed animals to sit on or throw around.
The children's book collection is huge – from Wuthering Heights in pictures, to every Harry Potter book available, there's something to capture every child's imagination. My friend and I enjoyed our lunch while my toddler wandered between the shelves and cushions.
Level five, known as The Attic, is a dedicated space for young adults – there are comfortable meeting and hang out areas, young adult fiction and literature, plus study rooms and a gamer space. With free wi-fi also available, it's little wonder the space was packed, with students clearly enjoying the state of the art public space.
Anyone can join the library and enjoy the facilities available. If you need somewhere to hold a meeting, want some quiet time or just chill out with a good read, the City of Perth Library is your place to go. It's modern, fresh and clearly a popular facility for the people of Perth.