The Displaced Reader: If you like trees visit Bishopdale Library

I’d heard that Bishopdale Library and the mall it is part of had been very busy since it reopened. I wondered how I would get on for parking but found no problems as I used the Farrington Avenue car park which has two entrances. I was immediately struck by how many enormous and beautiful trees there were in the vicinity. Many were going through their autumn colours and they definitely soften the otherwise ugly mall. (Is there a beautiful mall anywhere?)

The library shares its digs with a community centre. You go in through a shared foyer and then suddenly you are in a very busy space. The library was humming when I arrived with people using computers and poring intently over their book choices. The colour scheme features orange and blue and this distinctive carving on the wall. The librarians were kept pretty busy but I noticed that they still had time for a chat with customers. There was plenty to choose from and a spacious children’s area.

After my visit I had a quick cruise around the shops in the mall which include a real butcher, fish shop and fruit and vege shop as well as a supermarket. Best buys – lamb shanks and the winning lotto ticket (Tui moment). I’m told there is good coffee in the area – just ask the librarians.

I found getting to Bishopdale via Harewood Road pretty straightforward. Traffic was brisk but the roads were ok. The whole mall is surrounded by a number of carparks so it would be easy to come from another direction too.

Find out which libraries are open and learn more about Bishopdale Library.

Next stop on the library tour is Redwood, a bright little octagonal building on the north side of the city. Keep following the Displaced Reader on her travels.

6 thoughts on “The Displaced Reader: If you like trees visit Bishopdale Library

  1. Me 12 April 2011 / 5:15 pm

    And free Wifi !!

    • robyn 19 April 2011 / 3:33 pm

      I don’t know about displaced readers but as a displaced librarian I was pathetically grateful to be allowed to brush up my circulation skills at Bishopdale last week. It’s such a lovely library and it was great getting my hands on books again. Customers were very patient and commented on the increased choice of magazines as ‘guest stars’ from other, closed libraries are now featuring on the shelves. And I loved the mall – real shops!

  2. Michael Aitken 12 April 2011 / 5:23 pm

    I was there reasonably recently myself – a great little Library, really humming along. A good thing it was so recently refurbished! The Mall has become very popular in recent times as it is very accessible without the gross over-crowding that nearby Northlands has. You can actually park and go to the supermarket and get home again in a reasonable time. Also has a terrific Mitre 10.

  3. Donna 12 April 2011 / 6:18 pm

    I loved the children’s section – they even had a stack of colouring pens and papers for the kids to go buckwild with.

    Bishopdale Mall also has a little playground in the middle, and is near to the fabulous Bishopdale Park with a big elephant slide, a flying fox and a ginormous slide.

    There are some cool little oddstuff shops in Bishopdale too, have found some bargains in there.

    Go the Bish!

  4. Marion 13 April 2011 / 10:13 am

    Thanks Donna and Michael for the added local colour. I wouldn’t have gone looking for ginormous slides (gin maybe) or elephant slides and flying foxes but note to self – must check around the neighbourhood of other libraries I visit for such features.

  5. julesw 22 April 2011 / 8:52 am

    We’re looking forward to seeing the Displaced Reader at Mini Linwood. The Coffee Cart is on site Wednesdays & Friday mornings!

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