Bathurst City Library (NSW)

Bathurst

Project: Library Building for the Future

Project Description: RHCS undertook a comprehensive review and audit of the current Bathurst City Library. The audit utilised the RHCS library building audit tool based on the standards and principles of People places: A guide for public library buildings in NSW.

 Project Outcomes:

  • Full building condition report, with reference to current library and building standards
  • A library futures report containing recommendations for the redevelopment and refurbishment of the current building
  • A site plan with layout options and recommendations

Clarence Valley Library Service (NSW)

Library Service Infrastructure Review

A comprehensive review of all library branch infrastructures against all current library and building standards; Occupational Health & Safety standards etc – the project outcomes included a comprehensive infrastructure report and individual report by branch i.e.:

    • Production of building condition reports for each branch with recommendations
    • Production of branch building area data sheets based on current standards i.e. service based floor space calculations and associated requirements (these can be used by Architects as a design brief)
    • Infrastructure Report incorporating the findings and recommendations of the building condition reports, service based requirements and recommendations

Clarence Valley Council has since recommended the building of a new central library (Grafton Branch)

Clarence Valley Library Service (NSW)

Local Studies Review and Strategy

Project Description: Review local studies collection practices across the Clarence Region, including an analysis of the current practice of the library and regional history groups/organisations and individuals.

The review included:

  • Consultation with key stakeholders, including staff, Council officers, historical and family history societies, museums and the community
  • Review and benchmarking of current heritage collection practice i.e. a review of practice at other public library services
  • Review of current operational and capital investment in local studies by the region 
As a result of the review a set of recommendations has been developed that forms the basis of a regional local studies strategy for both the library and other interested groups, organisations and individuals.

Project outcomes

A Local Studies Strategy that provides:

  • A common / core set of overall goals, objectives and strategies for the library’s ongoing local studies service delivery
  • A cohesive and practical local studies service delivery model that meets contemporary standards and guidelines
  • A collaborative and community approach to the ongoing collection, preservation, dissemination and promotion of the regions history
  • Opportunities to learn and share information / knowledge

Contact: Kathryn Breward,

Regional Librarian

Tel: (02) 6642 7480

Email: reglibn@crl.nsw.gov.au

 SEE ALSO – Projects 2009 Clarence Regional Library Infrastructure Review