Inverell Library celebrates 75 years
3 March 2015
Inverell Shire Council is pleased to announce that the Inverell Shire Public Library is celebrating its 75th year of service to the community in 2015. As the third oldest public library in NSW, the Inverell Library has a long tradition of quality, customer focused service.
The Inverell Council reached an agreement with the School of the Arts to take over its operations in 1938, and commenced provision of a free library service on the 1st of January, 1940. This agreement was a bold and forward thinking move by the Council, given that the Library Act was not passed until 1939. Inverell Shire Council has continued to invest in library services, developing a purpose built library in 1965, which was extensively redeveloped and refurbished in 1991 and then again in 2007. Over the last 75 years, the Inverell Shire Public Library has developed into a vibrant, innovative community hub, with over 75,000 visitors each year.
Inverell Mayor, Cr Paul Harmon said "Inverell Shire Council considers the library to be an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of the community. We are very proud of the quality of the service the Library provides, and of the strong support the community shows towards the library. The library is to be congratulated on reaching such a significant milestone".
The changes in the Library over the last 75 years are worthy of note - in the early 1940's, the library operated on a budget of around £610 ($38,000), with 2 staff and 850 members, from a corner of the town hall, with a print based collection. Today, we have a collection of 53,000 items in a range of formats, serve 5,500 members and perform over 135,000 loans every year. Despite all the changes in technology, formats and content, we still hold true to our guiding principle of free and equitable access to information for all.
To mark this special anniversary, the Library will host a celebratory afternoon tea on Monday 16th March at 2:30pm. Photographs and other memorabilia will be on display, and guests will include former staff, current and former Councillors, and members of the library community.