New Scone library to be a corner piece of the councils CBD revitalisation plan

CORNER PIECE: The Campbell's Corner building in Scone will be transformed into a library as part of Upper Hunter Shire Council's revitalisation plan for the town's CBD.
CORNER PIECE: The Campbell's Corner building in Scone will be transformed into a library as part of Upper Hunter Shire Council's revitalisation plan for the town's CBD.

The Upper Hunter Shire Council has released plans for the concept design of the new Scone library to be built at Campbell's Corner.

The council said the plans for the library aimed to create a community hub for Scone residents to gather, relax and enjoy the new facilities.

"Access, connection and services were the main drivers of the concept to enable the community to enjoy the state of the art facility," the council said in a statement.

Upper Hunter Mayor Maurice Collison said the library would be the corner piece of the council's plans to revitalise the CBD of Scone.

"Campbell's Corner is a magnificent building and it deserves a library that will do it justice," he said.

"The library reflects the current and emerging needs of our residents and includes a Children's Zone, a computer Lab, multi-functional spaces, a study zone and meeting rooms.

PLANS: The concept design for the ground floor of the planned Scone library. Picture: Upper Hunter Shire Council

PLANS: The concept design for the ground floor of the planned Scone library. Picture: Upper Hunter Shire Council

"This library will be state of the art and help create a place for the community to gather and enjoy."

A visitor information centre will also be included as part of the proposed plans, including a café and an outdoor plaza to connect a central car park to the library building.

"The heart of any library is its collection and these plans will allow for double the space and allow a much greater collection for our community to borrow," Mr Collison said.

NEW CORNER: Chair of the Scone Revitalisation Committee Cr James Burns, manager business services David Gatwood, library coordinator Elizabeth Walter, director corporate services Kristian Enevoldson and general manager Steve McDonald pictured together in 2020.

NEW CORNER: Chair of the Scone Revitalisation Committee Cr James Burns, manager business services David Gatwood, library coordinator Elizabeth Walter, director corporate services Kristian Enevoldson and general manager Steve McDonald pictured together in 2020.

"Libraries help to create connections and ours should be no different."

Upper Hunter Shire Council said it had already started work on the Campbell's Corner building, completing roof repairs in September.

The council said it had received funding from the federal government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Fund for the works, which provided new roof sheeting, gutters, parapet capping, ventilators and downpipe structures.