About the location

The new library will be located at The Waterfront, Shell Cove. The Council-owned site for the new building is a prime location overlooking the boat harbour and boardwalk and a short stroll to the shopping and dining precinct.

When built, Shell Cove Library will be co-located with a community centre and visitor centre.

About the design

The new library design is inspired by the waterfront location.

Architects, Smart Design Studio are driven by excellence, innovation and collaboration and will be working closely with us to deliver state-of-the-art building for our community.

The new space will include:

  • Integrated smart technology including loan kiosks, charging bar and WIFI
  • Flexible areas for meetings, study, reading or workshops
  • Comfortable furniture to create a community living room
  • Feature staircase that doubles as informal seating area

Shell Cove library part of a bigger plan

The Libraries and Museum Strategy identified that a larger library would be required to adequately service the needs of the growing communities in Shellharbour Village, Shell Cove and surrounding areas.

Shell Cove Library will replace the existing small library in Shellharbour Village.

We will be working with our customers during the transition period to the new library. Not only do our libraries have a physical presence, we have Home Library Service or you can access our digital collection online 24/7.


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    Development of concept plans

    Council and Frasers Property Australia (Frasers) have worked together with architects Smart Design Studio to develop concept plans that are responsive to people and place.

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    Planning and approval

    Project developers (Council and Frasers) is expecting to submit the development application later in 2020.

    As part of the application and approval process, the building plans and proposal will be placed on public exhibition.

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    Getting ready to build

    When approved a tender process will be undertaken for the construction of the new library.

    Construction is expected to commence in 2021.

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    Your library your say

    We will be asking the community to share their ideas and feedback on things like collections, programs and activities.

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    Construction updates

    We will provide updates during the construction of the new library.

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    Grand opening!

    The projected completion date is 2023.

    Watch this space to find out more about the grand opening.