A lovely new Fremantle library has opened downstairs at the large Walyalup Civic Centre, as part of the huge Kings Square redevelopment. Once quite a dead-ish area of Fremantle where the old Myer used to be; it’s now been regenerated with a vibrant play space for grandkids, and huge FOMO entertainment and dining precinct.
Whether you are a Fremantle local or regular visitor, membership is free for all West Australian residents. The membership gives you access to thousands of books to borrow, as well as online access to free ebooks, audiobooks, movies and emagazines.
For Over 55’s
The Wanjoo Lounge is found on Level 1 at the library. The lounge has been designed to be a community space for all people, with a particular emphasis on over 55s. Run by volunteers, it is open Monday to Friday (9am to 3pm) to relax, have a cup of tea, read the daily newspaper, find out what’s happening in the community and have a chat with other visitors. If you would like to volunteer at the Wanjoo Lounge, email email@example.com or telephone the City of Fremantle on 1300 693 736 for more information on how to get involved. The City hold events for over 55s, from chair yoga to tech help!
The impressive children’s space is a whimsical place for children to discover a storybook, and to relax. The playful design incorporates cosy reading nooks, and even a small slide. There are also many group activities that are held weekly for young children and their carers, like Storytime and Rhymetime, as well as the Fremantle Toy Library sessions.
For older children there are Lego clubs, sewing clubs, as well as many tech-based groups. The library has a diverse young adult book selection with lots of fiction and graphic novels. Teens have a separate “youth zone” with an Xbox Series S and Nintendo Switch available for free play, plus a PlayStation 5 coming in 2022.
If you have grandies in tow, you might like to take them to the new playground next to the library too.
- Public Wi-Fi
- Public computers and printing
- Access to power and data for personal charging and device usage
- Scanning and photocopying
- Justice of the Peace (volunteer run, 10am-1pm weekdays when volunteer available)
- Public access to gaming consoles and networks, a 3D printer, interactive screens, and loanable iPads.
The Fremantle Library is a brilliant place to have a browse and enjoy a quiet moment away from the city’s hustle and bustle. The new FOMO development next door has plenty of places to grab a bite to eat too.
Monday to Friday 9am–7pm
Saturday to Sunday 9am–5pm
Find Fremantle Library at Walyalup Civic Centre, 151 High Street, Fremantle
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