Libraries are at the heart of creating liveable, connected and sustainable cities.
The Gosford Regional Library is set to become a central meeting point for locals and visitors alike, creating a true drawcard to the city centre.
The vision for the first Regional Library for the Central Coast is to create an iconic building in the heart of the Gosford CBD where our community can connect, create and collaborate.
Created over four spacious levels, it will have all the functions you expect from a library but with so much more. There will be space to connect, to learn and to do business with Council. A space for our kids to find a love of literacy through interaction and play. Flexible function space, for special occasions and larger audiences. Breakout spaces on every level for private and collaborative learning or just to relax and take in the views of the city and beyond. A smart work hub for those who want a great place to work without the commute and dedicated meeting rooms, recording studios and exhibition space. Library collections on every subject imaginable in one place.
The building will act as the central library for the Central Coast, providing:
- A ‘third space’ for our community
- A library collection curated for our community
- Spaces for programs, meetings and events to be held which promote literacy, learning, creativity and knowledge
- Access to the digital world, allowing access to new and existing technologies
- Creative spaces that foster connected communities
- A destination for those interested in our local history
- A collaborative and inspirational environment, designed to attract a community of like-minded, makers, creators and innovative thinkers and connection for people to technical and professional resources
- A facility for Central Coast commuters to work closer to home
- Accessible Council customer service points
- Flexible spaces for events and activities
The Gosford Regional Library project is being funded through a $7million commitment under the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s Community Grants Program, $8.1million raised by the former Gosford City Council Special Rate Variation and $12.6million generated through the sale of 136-146 Donnison Street, Gosford.
The design for Gosford Regional Library is now being finalised for submission to the Department of Planning for Development Consent. If successful, Central Council will commence demolition of the current 123A Donnision Street site in February 2021, with construction due to commence in August 2021.
The community will be kept updated at every step of the way – with completion expected by October 2023.