Interior view of Marrickville Library.

Marrickville Library, interior. Photo (c) Brett Boardman

Marrickville Library: Past and Present

Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November






A library is far more than a place for books: it is a place to learn, a place to meet, a place to explore, and ultimately a place to be. BVN’s design of the new Marrickville Library has created a distinctive, environmentally sensitive and inviting civic heart for Marrickville. A canopy roof and sunken garden together provide a frame to the Old Hospital Building, which has been refurbished internally and externally to provide library collection and office spaces, along with outdoor reading areas along its reinstated verandahs. New library floors connect via light bridges to the old building and provide open areas to meet, work, learn or play. A cafe and a community facilities wing open out to the library entrance and sunken lawn.

Tour experience

Join BVN architects and the Inner West Council for an intimate tour of the new Marrickville Library. Learn how the former Marrickville Hospital building has been extended and adapted to create a new heart for the community, and how the design incorporates the rich history of the site.


Andre Callanan

A Senior Associate at BVN with 15 years experience, Andre has been strategically involved in the evolution of the contemporary library and has a keen interest in how technology is changing spaces and the built environment. Over the past 3 years, Andre has worked on two major Community Hub projects: Woollahra Library in Double Bay and Marrickville Library.

Caroline McLeod

Caroline McLeod - Group Manager Library and History - has 15 years experience in community, cultural and library projects. Caroline will discuss the history of this spectacular site and how the heritage aspects have been incorporated into the building's contemporary architecture.

  • Interior photograph of Marrickville Library.
  • Interior photograph of Marrickville Library including information desk.
  • Exterior photograph of Marrickville Library.

Key information

Session duration

60 mins


This tour has a capacity of 25 people per session.

Visitor requirements

To ensure tours run on time, please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled tour and meet on the Marrickville Library Lawn.

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly