Redevelopment of Mitcham Memorial Library and Brown Hill Creek

Mitcham Memorial Library Begins its Transformation

The Mitcham Library has now closed and relocated to the Hawthorn Community Centre in Frimley Grove, Hawthorn during the redevelopment.

August 2018

The footings have been excavated and poured with the installation of all in-slab services. The northern car park infrastructure has been removed and permeable paving and kerbing has been installed.

Mitcham Memorial Library Install In-slab ServicesMitcham Memorial Library New SlabMitcham Memorial Library Carpark Kerbing
In-slab services were installed before the concrete pourThe new slab has been pouredUnderground services and kerbing have been installed in the car park

June 2018

A large section of the Mitcham Memorial Library has been demolished including the bathroom, part of the roof, external walls and services disconnected. Work will begin shortly on preparing the footings and beginning the structural work. 

Internal demoliiton including removal of roof sheets Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018Internal demolition of existing bathrooms Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018Internal demolition works along project hoarding Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018
Internal demolition including removal of roof sheets Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018Internal demolition of existing bathrooms Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018Internal demolition works along project hoarding Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018

To ensure we can deliver our newly redeveloped Library on time to our community we are closed until the redevelopment is complete

You can continue to visit the Mitcham Library from our temporary location at the Hawthorn Community Centre, 5 Frimley Grove, Hawthorn or visit us at the Blackwood Library at 215 Main Road, Blackwood. 

The Mitcham Library at the Hawthorn Community Centre will be offering children’s materials and programs, public access computers, printing/copying, reserved items (interlibrary loans) pickup, returns, magazines and newspapers, Justice of the Peace, and a quiet reading area. 

With the limited space available at the Hawthorn Community Centre we are unable to offer our browse collection of Adult Fiction and Non Fiction books. Don’t worry our wonderful staff will be able to help you find the right book online for you to reserve and then collect when it arrives or you can visit us at the Blackwood Library. 

Opening hours are the same!

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday                10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday                                        10am to 8pm
Friday                                                10am to 2pm
Saturday                                            10am to 4pm
Sunday                                               2pm to 5pm
Closed on Public Holidays

The Blackwood Library and our two Toy Libraries will continue to operate as usual. 

The bigger and better Mitcham Memorial Library will reopen early 2019 offering more space, more services and resources, and many new ones! 

Mitcham Memorial Library and Brownhill Creek Redevelopment to Begin

Redevelopment of the Mitcham Memorial Library and Brownhill Creek redevelopment is underway. 

Once completed in December the Mitcham Library will offer a wider range of services and spaces alongside enhancements to Brownhill Creek aimed at ensuring the capacity to respond to flooding and environmental extremes. 

Mitcham Memorial Library Building DesignMitcham Memorial Library
Mitcham Memorial LibraryMitcham Memorial Library Entrance
Mitcham Memorial Library Floor Plan 
Mitcham Memorial Library Floor Plan 

As part of the redevelopment the Mitcham Memorial Library is now operating out of two locations to allow us to continue to provide library services while ensuring the safety of visitors during construction. 

Children’s and teen materials, newspapers and magazines are now located at the Hawthorn Community Centre located a 5 Frimley Grove, Hawthorn. We will also hold many of our events and activities here including our story time and baby time sessions. 

The Mitcham Memorial Library will continue to offer a pick up/drop off location for library materials, computer access, printing and copying, and a smaller adult fiction/non-fiction collection. As this is a construction site please remember it may be noisy at times, we also invite you to call us to check before visiting us if you would like to use a computer. 

Once completed in December the Mitcham Library will offer a wider range of services and spaces. 

Don’t forget the Blackwood Library at 215 Main Road in Blackwood continues to offer a full range of services and the Toy Libraries operate as usual.

For more information about Mitcham Library’s services please call us on 8372 8244.

Widening and upgrading of the Brown Hill Creek in Soldiers Memorial GardensBrownhill Creek Upgrade Delayed

The upgrade to Brownhill Creek and landscaping in Soldiers Memorial Gardens will begin in November. 

Mitcham Council has decided to postpone the upgrade works to widen and upgrade the Brown Hill Creek channel through Soldiers Memorial Gardens and JWS Morris Reserve as part of the wider approval to implement the Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan (SMP) until after winter following delays in receiving approval for the creek design, which required multiple approvals. 

The work on upgrading the creek will commence in late November early December 2018 to avoid the winter rain. By delaying the creek works we will reduce the possibility of environmental damage being caused by large water flows on unprotected and exposed banks. 

To protect the creek banks the stumps and roots of the trees, which have already been removed, will remain in place temporarily and be removed as part of the creek upgrade works. 

The upgrade of Brownhill Creek channel and landscaping will address some long standing flooding issues, restore the channel to a more natural state and beautify the reserve. 

Redevelopment of the Mitcham Memorial Library will continue throughout winter.

Council has removed trees and park furniture in preparation to widen and upgrade the Brown Hill Creek channel through Soldiers Memorial Gardens and JWS Morris Reserve as part of the Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan project.

The widening of the channel is required to accommodate the 100 year flow and restore a more natural channel profile which necessarily impacts mainly exotic trees with all existing high value native trees protected.

The channel works will create a stable creek environment capable of passing significant creek flows during flood events and will also allow safe nature play spaces between creek flows.

The channel widening works are being undertaken with the adjacent Mitcham Library upgrade project. This will create an improved precinct for community enjoyment. The channel and the adjacent reserve will be landscaped to a higher standard to provide an improved vista and experience both inside and outside the upgraded library and for reserve users.

Mitcham Library Sod Turning

On Thursday 7 December 2017 we turned the first “sod”, marking the beginning of the upgrade of Mitcham Library. Over the next 12 months the Library will double in size with greater emphasis on community participation in events such as language classes, reading groups, education seminars etc. New rooms will feature lots of glass looking out over the beautiful memorial gardens. Libraries are now recognised as community hubs.

 

Plans to Redevelop Mitcham Memorial Library Begin

The City of Mitcham is redeveloping the Mitcham Memorial Library to create an engaging space that caters for the changing needs of our community. 

The Library, located at Soldier’s Memorial Reserve on Belair Road in Hawthorn, was originally built in 1965 to provide library services to the local community. 

The new design is modern and sleek embracing the view of the reserve and Brown Hill Creek to provide a modern spaces and resources for all ages. Most importantly it will also double in size from its current size of 776m2 to 1476m2 over the next 12 months. 

Key design features of the Mitcham Memorial Library include:

  • more activity and better designed event spaces
  • meeting rooms for the community available after hours
  • an integrated Toy Library
  • zoned spaces such as quiet lounges for reading, quiet study areas, public computer access and printing facilities and group discussion point areas
  • a library space that is accessible to everyone
  • a dedicated youth space
  • an outdoor deck overlooking the reserve and creek
  • additional seating
  • improved carparking

The redevelopment, funded by the City of Mitcham and a grant of $1.09 million from the State Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program, will begin at the end of 2017. 

Our community can look forward to the redeveloped Library opening late 2018. 

Contact Us

Tel 08 8372 8888

Fax 08 8372 8101

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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Locate Us

PO Box 21

Mitcham Shopping Centre

Torrens Park SA 5062

131 Belair Road

Torrens Park SA 5062

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