The New Central Library will have new spaces, equipment and programmes not found in traditional libraries.

Innovation and technology

View of outdoor terrace at the New Central Library

View of outdoor terrace at the New Central Library

  • up to 100 computers
  • innovation zone for trialing new technology
  • free Wi-Fi and internet access
  • 3D and laser printers

Creative spaces

  • music and film & video editing studios
  • rooms for activities such as craft sessions

Meeting spaces

  • boardroom and meeting rooms

Entertainment spaces

  • 200-seat community arena for performances, author talks and public debates
  • exhibition area
  • media walls with digital displays about events and activities
  • children’s play zone

Relaxing spaces

  • quiet reading room
  • outdoor roof terraces
  • café and espresso bar
  • ground floor retail area