Shellharbour City Library is the only public library in the state to be shortlisted for a prestigious national design award.
The Australian Library and Information Association's Library Design Award recognises the best new library designs across the country in three categories: academic, public and school.
Shellharbour's library, located in the civic centre, is one of four up for contention in the public category.
Shellharbour City Mayor Marianne Saliba said the shortlisting was a reflection of the council’s investment in the community and the innovative approach to create a special ‘community lounge’ room.
She noted the community’s positive response to the new library had been extraordinary.
“The new library opened its doors in January 2018 and it has grown the member base significantly with more than 4000 new members joining during the first year at City Library alone,” Cr Saliba said.
“In its first year City Library has recorded more than 140,000 visits and more than 205,000 items have been loaned to customers enjoying the new venue.
“During 2018 more than 600 program sessions were delivered, attracting more than 12,000 participants,” Cr Saliba said.
The 2000 square metres of library features contemporary collection areas, a playful children’s area, spectacular balcony, technology access, meeting and program rooms and a dynamic range of seating options for reading, studying or lounging.
The winners and highly commended entries will be announced at the State Library of Queensland on Thursday.