With Murdoch University centralising services out of its main campus, the City will officially take over the former shared facility under a four year sub lease on the current building from January 2016.
Alison Oliver, Manager Library Services said she expected impacts on library users to be minimal: “The new Rockingham Central Library is a well located and popular library. There are about 28,000 library members registered, with about 11,000 items loaned each month.
“It’s sad that Murdoch is moving their library services from Rockingham, it was a long standing, 18 year joint use partnership to run the library. Our primary focus now is to provide a seamless changeover for library users.
“When the City takes it over, I am looking forward to being able to offer more public library services from the site in the New Year as well as offering more of the City’s community programs such as Toddler Time and Rhyme Time.
“Library users will notice a few changes; they will no longer be able to borrow items from Murdoch collections and library hours will change with the library open on Saturday morning instead of the afternoon.”