It occupies a handsome building on George St, where it stands out from the terraced houses with their wrought-iron verandahs.
It’s full of light, the staff are very helpful and it’s clean. You may laugh, but it is my opinion that if more libraries were cleaner, I would use them more often.
But a great library is not founded on aesthetics (and/or cleanliness) alone. What about the books?
Put it this way. I don’t know when I last wanted to borrow so many books from a library. When I actually borrowed the full number I was allowed. When I danced a little happy dance in the stacks at the prospect of so many books I really wanted to read. Old books. New books. Paperbacks. Hardbacks. Magazines. (New ones! In pristine condition!) DVDs. CDs.
And I love it all the more because books in Australia are crazy-expensive to buy (something about import taxes, I’m told.)
So I will bid you farewell, because it’s time to go to the library.