Library temporary closure

2015-11-12 06:00

I would like to acknowledge the important role that the City of Cape Town’s libraries play in serving as safe and comfortable places for students and learners to study.

When libraries are closed for repair work, such as the Weltevreden Library in Samora Machel, it can have a disruptive effect on those who rely on this service. I would like to apologise to the learners and students affected by the temporary closure and inform you of the measures that have been taken to accommodate your needs.

To minimise the impact of the library renovations on those wishing to study or access learning material, the Chief Librarian has secured the use of the main hall in the Civic Centre that is next door for studying purposes.

This dedicated study space is larger than that which was on offer in the library and will provide students with a safe and quiet space in which to study.

It will be available, with immediate effect, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10:00 to 14:00. Smaller boardrooms in the Civic Centre will be available until 16:00 for students wishing to study later in the afternoon. The librarian will make books and study material available for internal use at this facility. Unfortunately this centre will not be conducive for studies on Thursdays due to SASSA grants being paid out from this centre. As far as possible, we schedule repair work to libraries in a way that minimises the impact on library users. The contractor has indicated that they will complete the work as soon as possible so that the library will be functional for as much of the school holidays as possible, which is a time when many children need a safe space to read and play. The renovation involves re-painting and re-flooring and these renovations cover the entire library, including the hall. The anticipated completion date of this work is set for mid-December 2015.

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