A MAJOR transformation of the city's library could be on the horizon after the council found it is failing to meet the needs of its users.
Wagga councillors will consider a report at Monday night's council meeting looking for support of a new three-part vision for its busiest cultural service.
The council's community services manager said, in the report, that with only one meeting room, and a footprint dominated by bookshelves, the library's current configuration "fails to meet the needs" of users.
"The current civic centre location is 20 years old and despite minor refurbishments the current configuration struggles to meet increasing community demand," she said.
The library has 200,000 visitors walk through its doors each year and delivers 350 programs, which attract more than 16,000 people. However, the present space is barely half the recommended size required to service Wagga's current population.
It is also one of the smallest city libraries of any regional city in NSW and Victoria.
Wagga councillor Dallas Tout said this review was important to ensure the library grows with the city's population and keeps up with the rising demand.
Contrary to popular belief, Cr Tout said libraries are not just about books anymore.
He said the city's library is a community hub, which the council needs to look at its broader plan to allow it to meet the needs of the community.
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The first stage proposes a redesign of the library's layout to create more accessible and bookable community meeting rooms, which are in constant high demand.
It is suggested the front counter at the library's main entrance be removed for a concierge welcome desk that is flexible and mobile.
The council also proposed to expand the children services area on the lagoon ground level and on the upper level, open up more seating options and cafe style technology benches.
Cr Tout said the changes proposed are reflective of newer libraries across the state and those being refurbished to become modern.
Estella's Saba Nabi is a regular library user along with her daughter Ariba Omar.
She said they use the service for not only the books, but other library resources and programs like the Language Cafe.
Being a frequent participant in various workshops, Dr Nabi said she noticed limited spots available and the library could do with more seating and meeting rooms to ensure no one misses out.
"It would be great if the workshops can expand so that more people can benefit from the activities," she said.
"So many people miss out because workshops are limited to 20 people, but I am sure more people are interested."