Until last Thursday this area was on level LG1 (Lower Ground 1 = Dungeon) which while functional enjoyed no natural light.
On a good year I get down to Canberra a couple of times to visit the library, sometimes I only make it once. As luck would have it I was in the library at around 10:03 am today not long after the area opened. I was one of the first patrons in the area when I collected some files that I had ordered in. How cool is that!
There may have been an opening party but I saw no evidence of any fanfare; I saw several staff members including Mr Trove, Tim Sharratt in his red sneakers, pop in to have a look. The new area is on the Ground Floor and is an extension of the Main Reading Room, it is light, bright and cavernous. There's plenty of room for growth.
Of course I had my camera in my bag so I took a few snaps of the new area that has natural light flooding into it from two sides.
The Enquiries Desk
|Microfilm Storage seems to go on and on|
|Plenty of whizz bang Microfilm Readers|
|Information Guides prominently displayed|
|Journals, Booklets from Unlock the Past and Reference Collection|
|A range of seating options|
|Lots of space|
|Seminar rooms with big screens and HDMI connections|
|Tables with power sockets built in|
|A friendly staff member who went the extra mile and made this lady's day|