Shoalhaven City council has unveiled their concept designs for the 'development application ready' Sanctuary Point District Library.
Members of the community are invited to provide feedback on the new designs and they have until Friday April 30 to do so.
Shoalhaven council said the library - which would be located in the Sanctuary Point Town Centre on the corner of Paradise Beach Road and Kerry Street - would inject new life into the Sanctuary Point village by providing a hub of community activity.
The architectural designs of the envisioned two-storey building includes a children's area, multipurpose community rooms, collaborative study desks, quiet spaces and an outdoor terrace.
Ward three Shoalhaven Independents councillor Bob Proudfoot said the design seems to be innovative although he wanted to wait till comments came back from the community before he made his mind up entirely.
"It's an ideal position for not just the Sanctuary Point community but for the entire bay and basin area. So pretty exciting stuff," he said.
He said the architects listened to the public's concerns during the design process by including spaces for technology and collaboration as well as educational spaces for children and younger groups.
"If the public has any other concerns, it'll be knocked into shape and we'll finish up with a fantastic library," he said.
A virtual fly-through of the design was posted for public exhibition on youtube.
Submissions must be submitted by 5pm on April 30 with details on how to submit available from the council's 'Get Involved' page.
Council's draft budget proposes $6 million be allocated to the library project which will match potential grants, should they be approved. Additional borrowings may be required to fund council's contribution as council is seeking to take advantage of the low interest rate environment and state government loan subsidies (targeted at infrastructure that enables new housing supply) this financial year.
Council will vote on endorsing the draft budget at the next ordinary meeting on April 27 after Cr Greg Watson rescinded a motion to endorse the budget due to his concerns over a rates increase which was brought to the Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on Tuesday April 13.
Two community drop-in sessions will be held on site (in the car park on the corner of Paradise Beach Road and Kerry Street) on Tuesday April 20 from 9.30am to 11.30am and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Council staff and members from the consultant team will be there to discuss the concept plan and receive feedback from the public.
Following the public consultation period, the tender process will begin and a development application will be prepared.