With Yakkazoo HQ just a stone’s throw away from Green Square, I decided to head down and venture to the much anticipated Green Square Library and surrounding precinct. Upon arrival, it’s pretty clear to see that the Green Square suburb it still a construction area, with final details being polished and cranes still in sight.
It’s pretty difficult to navigate around the streets and especially find parking. I did manage to score a pretty neat park near the back of the library, but only because I had struck luck at the right time. This being said, the council are billing 2 hour parking spots at a nearby parking machine, so that quick visit in and out of the library will cost you money if you drive.
The library itself is absolutely beautiful from both the outside and within. You’re greeted with a first impression of incredible glass walls which are completely transparent, allowing you to view the inside of the triangle library. Once you enter, the smell of new wood and paint is a gentle reminder that this place is new. Clean white floors matched with white chairs and tables create an uber sleek feel. On the top floor of the library, there’s space for a cafe with fridges and tables awaiting, yet no one has taken residency in this area just yet.
Walking down the lacquered wooden stairs, you’ll find yourself in a modern and slightly luxurious open-planned library. You’re immediately met with the incredible natural light thanks to an circle open air garden in the library. It’s very clear to see the layout of the space has been meticulously planned and thought about, from seating areas to learning hubs, everything has been extremely well thought out.
The library walls are filled to the brim of knowledgable books, e-books and resources. In between every wall is a seat for the public to enjoy, nestled between the novels around them. The library is also equipped with loads of computers and desks for study and research. Dotted in and out of the space are again, more colourful chairs and tables which give a very laidback and relaxed feel. There’s also an abundance of meeting rooms which can be booked for public use, colour coded for easy identification. Not to mention the bathrooms… very fancy and modern indeed for a library.
The open air garden is surrounded by a glass circle which allows light to flow freely throughout. You can access the garden from a door within the library, of view it from the top of Green Square as you look down into the greenery. At the time I popped down to visit, there was an early learners class with library staff interacting with new parents and their children, singing along and popping in and out of the garden. I have to admit, if I was a kid I’d think this library was extremely cool.
Towards the back end of the library, there’s a bit of an ‘oh wow, okay, you did that’ moment, when your eyes gaze upwards to the ceiling and there is an actual old plane hanging from a rigging structure. The plane is contrasted by the toys which are sitting on the top of it. It seems a bit crazy? But look, I’m here for it. It’s obviously a conversation and ‘wow’ piece that City of Sydney felt belonged in the library.
I made my way back out to the ground floor and walked into the open planned square, which again, is still mostly a work in progress. There’s a few builders polishing off water fountains and wiping down chairs which must have only been installed this week. There’s another rectangle building growing out from the ground and panelled with glass, so I could only assume this was another extension of the library (and I was right).
The second half of the library seems a little disjoint to me, only because there’s nothing really connecting the two spaces together apart from their obvious uncanny looks. I could only really tell it was part of Green Square library when the glass walls allowed me to look into the building and see the hanging plane from above. I tried to access this part of the building but the doors were locked and no one appeared to be inside. It felt a little out of place, if I’m being honest, as I was really excited to see the public art book installation but was unable to gain access to this part of the building. It didn’t feel very welcoming to the public, it felt like you needed a security pass or accompaniment to walk into this space. In saying that, I understand it’s probably still not ready for public viewing just yet, so I’d love to come back and see things from the inside’s perspective.
Green Square as a whole is a beautifully thought out suburb, minus the parking issue as it is very accessible through public transportation. There’s a few shops nestled in nicely, with other shopfronts posting letters of ‘coming soon’ to the outside of doors. In the main square, there’s a modern LED light panel which is an art piece, although it doesn’t seem to pop as well in the daylight as it would at nighttime.
Green Square Library is a fantastic introduction to the area and a stellar example of modern planning and innovation. It’s a brilliant learning hub which will benefit the surrounding community immensely. There’s so much progress awaiting, but once completed, it will be one of the best modern suburbs in Sydney.