A combined initiative of Canterbury Bankstown Council, Bankstown Men’s Shed and a group of local book-lovers, “Bluey” is intended to meet the needs of both Milperra Community Hall users and members of the local community. Hall users range from the very young (babies and toddlers attending Milperra Playgroup), to children attending ballet and dance classes, to multicultural groups, to people with disabilities. The location at the front of the hall has been carefully selected to be visible and accessible, with a sealed pathway to assist the mobility impaired, and books stored at different heights to suit various age groups. It is intended to become an important community asset – Milperra does not have a permanent library, a bookshop or even an op shop selling second-hand books. The guiding philosophy of the library is to make it as easy and economical as possible for a person of any age, culture and level of reading ability to find a book suitable to their needs and interests.
Located in a public space in front of Milperra Community Hall, "Bluey" is hard to miss - a large, bright blue, wooden cabinet, with enough shelf space to accommodate 150 books.