Sydney’s first 24 Hour Library on its way?

Part of a larger proposal going before the City of Sydney Council this month is the possibility of the library in the Old Custom House building being open 24 hours

This is just one of many measures to attract a greater mix of people, events and businesses to the city at night and boost annual late-night turnover to $30 billion by 2030.   The plan proposes developing a ”night cities global index” to rank cities by their night economies – with the goal of earning a top-three placing for Sydney.  It said a 25 per cent increase in jobs in the city’s night economy by 2030 would count as a measure of success, as would increasing shops to 40 per cent of businesses open after 6pm.

Read more here.

The page includes a radio interview between Suzie Matthews from the City of Sydney and Angela Catterns and Wendy Harmer where Ms Matthews was questioned about the impact of 24 hour opening on them, eg. attracting homeless people to the library all night and how much extra power would all the night cities activities generate?

A poll on the page, which asks “How do oyou rate the idea of an all-night library at Circular Quay?” is showing good interest in the idea (36% of respondents).

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