This was the location of the City of Ryde’s first Street Library. Unfortunately street libraries do not last forever. With the original street library coming to the end of its life, we called upon the creative talents of the staff and children at Boronia Care Centre to design and paint a new Street Library so that the community can continue to enjoy all the benefits!
The City of Ryde is working with the community to share books through the installation of Street Libraries in our public domain.
Our Street libraries offer a range of benefits to the community including:
• Encouraging books to be recycled and shared;
• Providing any member of the community access to literature and the joys of reading;
• Providing opportunities for community members to meet, connect and socialise;
• Enlivening and activating public spaces.
This project aims to increase community activation through installing Street Libraries throughout our public domain. The libraries work on an honesty system with the motto “Take a book; leave a book”.
Council’s City Activation team are leading the project, which works with community groups to design and paint the libraries. A location for the street library is identified, and a suitable custodian of the street library is sourced. The custodian is typically a business that is located adjacent to the library whose role is to monitor and maintain the library, and communicate with Council.
For more information on the City of Ryde Street Library projects, please visit www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/streetlibraries