More look into new library

2016-03-08 06:00

The Hangberg Library was officially opened last Thursday.

The library has been open to visitors since December last year after months of extensive renovations and maintenance of over R2.5m.

“The library has experienced a new level of usage and already there has been a definite increase in the number of users following its reopening in December,” says Belinda Walker, Mayco member for community services and special projects, who officially opened the library last week.

The library closed in February last year for the work, which involved moving the entrance to the main access road and installing a lift to improve access, particularly for people with disabilities and the elderly.

In addition, a glass roof gives visitors a sweeping view of the Hout Bay harbour area.

Additional renovations and upgrades included: a new disabled-friendly toilet, new public toilets, a new circulation desk, a new computer desk, new carpets, interior and exterior painting, an office for the chief librarian, new shelving and furniture, improved fire alarms and emergency exit, improved lighting, two additional small storerooms, a small staff tea or lunch area and an improved workroom and layout.

Walker says the improvements will go a long way towards ensuring that the library is an accessible and inviting space.

“We want this library to be a place where residents feel at home and will want to spend their free time, enjoying all that the library has to offer.

“The major changes to the Hangberg Library will improve the visitor experience and ensure that it is now more accessible for people with disabilities,” she says.

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