Overview

The $1,000,000 major renovation and expansion of Wingham Library is underway.

The project is jointly funded by MidCoast Council and the State Government with $500,000 coming from the 2019/20 Public Library Infrastructure Grant Program from the NSW Government, as well as a further $400,000 from the Wingham area developer contributions, and $100,000 from the library general budget.

Key features of the project include a ground-floor extension, and restoration of the library’s top-floor. Upstairs is currently unused by the community but will soon include additional study areas, relaxation seating and a large meeting room with the capacity to host events.

The top floor will be accessible by a new internal lift and the roof of the extension will also be replaced.

The Library will increase from 243m² to 442m².


What you can expect during this time

Wingham Library customers will be supported through the transition:

  • borrowing periods for loans extended to cover the closure period
  • members able to borrow 40 items just prior to the facility closing
  • all items borrowed can be returned when the library reopens, or any other branch of MidCoast Council Libraries
  • items that have been reserved by Wingham members can be collected from Taree Library
  • a double delivery for Home Library Service users during the closure period – a courier will be used to deliver and return items to Taree
  • your rate payments can be made online, or at the post office next door to the library

The Wingham Library closed on Friday 24 June for several months. Construction is progressing but has been impacted by ongoing wet weather and delays to the lift, among other factors. The project is expected to be completed in February 2023.

Members are being encouraged to borrow and return at any of our other branches during the closed period.

The site is off limits to all except the contractors.

See link below for more information on our monthly pop-up:

Wingham Pop Up in December


Status

The new roof on the extension is now complete. Work that is currently underway includes installation of plumbing, electrical, telecommunication services in wall cavities, air-conditioning in ceilings and a change to the side entrance and airlock doors.

Work on internal wall linings and ceilings is scheduled to finish by the end of November. Delays to the lift have resulted in a later than expected finish date.

The project is expected to be completed by February 2023.

Looking back at Seal Rocks from the sea.
Looking back at Seal Rocks from the sea.