The Parks Library
The Parks Library is a visually stunning library which also acts as a community hub for locals who are appreciative of its unique history. The library features a spacious, airy interior, beautiful courtyard area, children’s area, makerspace, media room and a changing places toilet and change table.
The library is considered a special place in this community and some who participated in the community consultation undertaken by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield may have been inspired by the vision and of former Premier of South Australia, the late Don Dunstan who commissioned the original Parks Community Centre (in the 70s) which was purpose-built for the community surrounding it. He created a community hub incorporating a free health clinic, communal kitchen, educational resources and events like free theatre shows and the second largest fitness centre in the southern hemisphere.
The Parks Library is a hub and many in the community use all the facilities. It continues to help create a strong community of people who have sought to ensure his legacy has continued and this is reflected in the new library which was completed in 2018.
Children’s Zone and Family Friendly Facilities
The Parks Library has a lovely indoor and outdoor area which is perfect for families with children. The indoor section has plenty of room for programs and activities plus books and toys. This area can be completely opened up to the courtyard during the warmer months.
The outdoor courtyard is very welcoming and perfect for sunny days and is a highlight of this facility. There are sculptures for kids to climb, a grassy area for them to run around in and seats for adults.
This safe and welcoming environment is a real social hub for teenagers visiting after school and families attending during the day.
There is also a fantastic baby change/feeding area complete with toys, mini kitchen and private, seated areas for mothers who may be looking for a quiet and relaxing place to feed their baby.
The extensive toy library has recently reopened following closure due to COVID-19 and has a huge range of toys for families.
The Makerspace has a range of arts supplies and power tools including a laser cutter, soldering irons, sewing machines and a 3D printer, all which can be used for free. There is a small fee for covering materials for the 3D printer. This is an amazing community resource which is often staffed by volunteers who provide hands-on classes so that locals can learn new skills.
The Media Room features sound recording equipment, video equipment and software, a green screen and acoustic treatment and it is free to use. It can be used to create videos, podcasts and music recordings.
The well-equipped communal kitchen is currently closed due to COVID-19.
Changing Places Toilet and Change Table
Parks Library features the first accredited Changing Places facility to cater for people with a disability, and their carers. The space has an adult change table, tracking hoist system, peninsula toilet and privacy curtain and is accessible with an MLAK key. The key can also be obtained from the library Customer Service Desk.
Parks Council Library hosts programs for all ages and interests including after school programs.
- Baby Bounce sessions | Nursery Rhymes, stories, music and songs | Ages 0-2 years.
- Storytime | Stories, songs, rhymes and a simple craft activity | Ages 2-5 years.
- School Holiday Programs | Craft, performers, digital workshops and more | school-aged children
After School Activities
- STEM Squad | Fun activities and experiments in science, technology, engineering and maths | Ages 9 and up
- Creative Kids | Create, invent and discover program.
- Art and craft groups
- Book clubs,
- Author talks
- Health and wellbeing workshops
- Technology programs
- Information sessions.
- Monday | 9am – 7pm
- Tuesday | 9am – 5pm
- Wednesday | 9am – 7pm
- Thursday | 9am – 5pm
- Friday | 9am – 5pm
- Saturday | 10am – 4pm
- Sunday | 10am – 4pm
Parks Library is part of the South Australian One Card Network, offering access to the resources of about 130 libraries across the state.
South Australian council libraries are owned and operated by your local council.
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For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Libraries website
What: Parks Council Library
When: See opening hours above
Where: 46 Trafford Street, Angle Park
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