Library moving to Awapuni Rd

Peel St building to close doors for earthquake strengthening and construction.

Peel St building to close doors for earthquake strengthening and construction.

MASSIVE JOB: All those books you can see, all the shelves they are on, and all the support services that go with running a library will be moved this Friday. The Peel Street building has housed the HB Williams Memorial Library since it opened in 1967 will be completely revamped, extended and earthquake-strengthened. The temporary new location for our community library will be on 53 Awapuni Road, the old Gilmours Building, and that will open to the public officially on March 6. Principal Librarian Lending Services Anna Williamson, Cultural Activities Operations Manager Pene Walsh and Library Upgrade Project Manager Paul Naske are pictured with more than 100,000 books below them The move is going to take two weeks. The Peel Street return slot at the HB Williams Memorial Library will be open for returns over the next two weeks so no one incurs late fees. It is expected the new and improved HB Williams Memorial Library will be open again next summer. GO Bus routes are being discussed so library users can be dropped at the new interim location during the nine months of construction. Picture by Liam Clayton

THE enormous task of relocating more than 100,000 books starts this weekend as the HB Williams Memorial Library closes its doors for earthquake strengthening and construction.

The Peel Street based library will close at 5.30pm this Friday. Professional movers will then box up the books, computers and furniture and move it all to the old Gilmours building on Awapuni Road, the new temporary library location for nine months.

Cultural Activities Operations Manager Pene Walsh said it was a massive job to move the over 100,000 items on the shelves, set up databases and make sure all the things people want are still going to be available.

It will take two weeks for the big move so Gisborne will have no library services between February 18 to March 4.

The temporary library on Awapuni Road will officially open to the public on March 6 but the after hours return slot on Peel Street will still be available during the move period, so you won’t have to worry about incurring late fees.

The only thing missing at the new spot will be local artwork available for hire, which will be packed up and stored while the library is being refurbished. There will still be free wifi at the interim location.

The extension, for which construction will start in March, will re-open next summer with a host of new facilities to bring more “future ready” services to the library and its users.

Deputy Mayor Rehette Stoltz, who has been the councillor on the Steering Group for the past five years, said the library was a hub for our people and our visitors, so an essential facility to remain available while construction took place.

“It could have remained open where it is during construction, but that would have caused significant delays and cost. This option lets us keep services running, with only a short delay in between,” she said.

Gisborne District Council has made changes to the Go Bus route to accommodate the change in venue. It will cost an additional $65 a day to change the bus route to drop library users in Awapuni Road.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said this included changes to three bus routes to include Kaiti, Mangapapa and Elgin. The bus will stop outside the library 14 times a day.

THE enormous task of relocating more than 100,000 books starts this weekend as the HB Williams Memorial Library closes its doors for earthquake strengthening and construction.

The Peel Street based library will close at 5.30pm this Friday. Professional movers will then box up the books, computers and furniture and move it all to the old Gilmours building on Awapuni Road, the new temporary library location for nine months.

Cultural Activities Operations Manager Pene Walsh said it was a massive job to move the over 100,000 items on the shelves, set up databases and make sure all the things people want are still going to be available.

It will take two weeks for the big move so Gisborne will have no library services between February 18 to March 4.

The temporary library on Awapuni Road will officially open to the public on March 6 but the after hours return slot on Peel Street will still be available during the move period, so you won’t have to worry about incurring late fees.

The only thing missing at the new spot will be local artwork available for hire, which will be packed up and stored while the library is being refurbished. There will still be free wifi at the interim location.

The extension, for which construction will start in March, will re-open next summer with a host of new facilities to bring more “future ready” services to the library and its users.

Deputy Mayor Rehette Stoltz, who has been the councillor on the Steering Group for the past five years, said the library was a hub for our people and our visitors, so an essential facility to remain available while construction took place.

“It could have remained open where it is during construction, but that would have caused significant delays and cost. This option lets us keep services running, with only a short delay in between,” she said.

Gisborne District Council has made changes to the Go Bus route to accommodate the change in venue. It will cost an additional $65 a day to change the bus route to drop library users in Awapuni Road.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said this included changes to three bus routes to include Kaiti, Mangapapa and Elgin. The bus will stop outside the library 14 times a day.

• An information evening will be held tonight from 5.30pm at the library on Peel Street for anyone wanting to know more about the move.

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winston moreton - 2 years ago
Might have been better to rent a small building in Treble Court next to MacDonald's with the newspapers and a few tables and latest issues plus librarians helping to provide a menu of books for library members to select from. Selections could be picked up the next day. It would also have encouraged greater use of the electronic library, which needs a serious upgrade.

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