Library to reopen on Monday

The big shift has gone well, with pieces fitting together 'like lego'.

The big shift has gone well, with pieces fitting together 'like lego'.

File photo of the library's new home, with Delivery and Install removal specialist Tamati Te Kiri, children and young person’s librarian Raschel Eesa-Danes and outreach and promotions librarian Zandria Taare. Picture by Paul Rickard

HB Williams Memorial Library reopens on Monday morning in its new temporary location at the former Gilmours building on Awapuni Road.

The relocation was an enormous task, with 150,000 pieces disassembled at the Peel Street site and put back together “like lego” at the Awapuni Road end, said Gisborne District Council Cultural Activities Operations Manager Pene Walsh.

Library staff and movers have been working work 10-12 hours days to relocate Gisborne’s public library, so the Peel Street building can be extended, refurbished and earthquake strengthened.

GDC land information officer Wayne Edwards developed a plan to scale, which has meant a smooth move between the two locations.

Principal librarian lending services Anna Williamson said all the different areas were mapped out and labelled alphabetically so as not to clash with the numerical system for putting the books back on the shelves.

Children and young person's librarian Raschel Eesa-Danes said the removal men had been amazing.

Delivery and Install removal specialist Tamati Te Kiri was equally complimentary about the organisation from the library’s side. He said they were used to doing all the boxing up and labelling but when they arrived last week everything was ready to go and carefully ordered for the big move.

The library will be at the Awapuni location for nine months, with the Peel Street building scheduled to reopen next summer. GDC have ensured Go Bus will incorporate the new location into its schedule.

HB Williams Memorial Library reopens on Monday morning in its new temporary location at the former Gilmours building on Awapuni Road.

The relocation was an enormous task, with 150,000 pieces disassembled at the Peel Street site and put back together “like lego” at the Awapuni Road end, said Gisborne District Council Cultural Activities Operations Manager Pene Walsh.

Library staff and movers have been working work 10-12 hours days to relocate Gisborne’s public library, so the Peel Street building can be extended, refurbished and earthquake strengthened.

GDC land information officer Wayne Edwards developed a plan to scale, which has meant a smooth move between the two locations.

Principal librarian lending services Anna Williamson said all the different areas were mapped out and labelled alphabetically so as not to clash with the numerical system for putting the books back on the shelves.

Children and young person's librarian Raschel Eesa-Danes said the removal men had been amazing.

Delivery and Install removal specialist Tamati Te Kiri was equally complimentary about the organisation from the library’s side. He said they were used to doing all the boxing up and labelling but when they arrived last week everything was ready to go and carefully ordered for the big move.

The library will be at the Awapuni location for nine months, with the Peel Street building scheduled to reopen next summer. GDC have ensured Go Bus will incorporate the new location into its schedule.

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