Wollongong council says it is trying to find a new home for its library branch at Warrawong which has been given a month to vacate its shopping centre site.
Westfield says it will not renew the lease for the library, which has operated at the site for 21 years.
The council says the lease expired in September last year but it did not expect it would not be renewed.
Library services manager, Jenny Thompson, says it is short notice for what will be a big move.
“They did say that they’d be willing to try and work with us and to support us however they could, so we’re hoping that that will translate into perhaps being an extension on time,” she said.
“But they did also say that they had another tenant lined up and that that tenant was ready to move in from the 1st of May.”
Westfield has said in a statement it is negotiating with the incoming retailer to give the library more time to find new premises.
It is understood the discount fashion retailer Trade Secret will be taking up the lease at the Warrawong Shopping Centre.
A Westfield spokeswoman says the shop will contribute to the centre’s economic vitality and strengthen what it has to offer.
But the Member for Wollongong, Noreen Hay, says the retail giant should be condemned for it actions.
“Mums and partners do their shopping in Westfield and continue their loyal custom to Westfield,” she said.
“Partners and kids and the rest are using the library.
“I think its a shame and I think Westfield has an obligation to the community as well as receiving their loyal custom.”