Oak Flats Library will reopen on Wednesday, after being closed to allow for a lighter, brighter and more accessible makeover.
Built in 1976, the library was identified by Shellharbour council early this decade as being uninviting, with an inaccessible doorway and inaccessible central sunken area, as well as inflexible smaller rooms.
Its refresh - originally slated to happen in 2015 - is part of the council's long-running strategy to bring all its libraries into the modern era.
Looking through the restored Central Avenue premises on Tuesday, Mayor Marianne Saliba said the changes provided a much-needed refresh to enhance usability and customer experience.
"Council is committed to providing active and welcoming library spaces where everyone in the community can come along to connect, learn and relax," Cr Saliba said.
"The exciting new improvements were guided by the Libraries and Museum Strategy 2024, which was informed by extensive community consultation and best practice.
"I encourage the community to come and check out the new relaxed atmosphere and say hello to our familiar, friendly library staff."
Features of the makeover include a new accessible courtyard entry that features automatic doors and a vibrant large-scale mural by artist Sarah McCloskey.
There is also a new accessible toilet, as well as upgrades to the interior layout to provide better equipped spaces for activities, programs and technology.
The reopening comes a year after the opening of the new Warilla Library, which was also part of the city's 10-year library overhaul strategy.
The plan also says Shellharbour Village library will be relocated to Shell Cove Marina, and Albion Park library will be extended at its current location.
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