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Sir Earle Page Library and Education Centre
New build or refurbishment: New build
Architect: ThomsonAdsett – Dayne Mearns, Chad Brown
Project completed: 01/02/2014
The Sir Earle Page Library and Education Centre (Grafton Library) is located in Grafton, which has a population of approximately 23,000. Grafton has the largest population and is the regional centre of the Clarence Valley Council area (total population is 51,040).
The old library was built in 1968 when Grafton's population was 16,000. Today’s population is 44% larger. The old building was 454m2 and was significantly less than contemporary standards – 1,400m2 to meet current needs and 1,640m2 to meet 2021 needs.
Approximately 57% of the population of Grafton are library members. There were over 139,000 visits to the building in 2014-2015 and over 134,000 loans for the same year.
The population of Grafton has a large percentage of seniors (12.7% and frail aged 3.7%) compared to the rest of Regional NSW. Overall, Grafton has 27% of the population aged over 60 years. This compares with 23% of the population which are aged 17 or younger. We also have 0.8% of people identifying as Aboriginal – this is higher than the rest of Regional NSW.
The area's low socio-economic profile highlights the need for free access to information that can improve an individual’s life chances, particularly strengthening our Aboriginal community.