IT appears the Barnett government has backed down from closing the state library shop.
The Voice had been told by a source within the library board last year that the shop was definitely closing (“Shh, no talking about the cuts,” February 28,2015) and Fremantle author John Dowson was told a month ago to pick up his old stock because the library was closing.
However, acting CEO of the library, Mark Woodcock now says the shop is still open and not closing any time soon.
With plans for a new $428 million museum next door having been unveiled and construction to start soon, the library and museum will now share the space for their respective shops until further notice.
The museum is expected to reopen in 2020.
Mr Dowson says the decision to keep the shop open for now was encouraging, but he still has concerns for its long-term future.
Board discussions last year about closing the library one day a week to plug a budget blow-out have not led to action, with Mr Woodcock saying there’s “no current intention to change” library hours.
“Opening hours for the State Library are reviewed from time to time,” Mr Woodcock said.
by MEAGAN BARRETT