FUNKY chairs designed in Sweden, which can be used both to sit on and as desks, are just one of the features of Albury TAFE’s new $8 milion library.
Students at the TAFE NSW Riverina Institute’s Albury campus came back from holidays last week to find a bright colour themed “connected learning common”.
The NSW government-funded refurbishment also featured a small computer lab, wifi access, an auditorium, meeting rooms, bean bags and moveable tables for solo or group use.
Riverina Institute business, arts and service industries director Brian Millar said the facility could be used by the community for meetings, functions or personal use.
“It’s a fantastic space to just come and relax, sit and read a book, read the paper or study,” he said.
“We’ve been able to mix the old technology books with a very strong blend of electronic journals and textbooks.”
Member for Albury, Greg Aplin, who toured the library yesterday, said he found the building welcoming, vibrant and attractive.
“It makes a huge transformation from the days when we thought of libraries of being pretty staid, very quiet and old-fashion type buildings,” he said.
“This is open, this is bright, it’s flexible in its ability to move the furniture.”