Patrons of the Tafelsig library will now have a more pleasant experience as the library is one of 12 in the city to receive a “mini-makeover” in the past six months.The work was completed at the beginning of July and the library reopened on 10 July.The R400 000 upgrade included internal and external painting, wall and floor tiling, carpeting, new carpentry and joinery in the offices and kitchen and new SmartCape computers. It also included the creation of a new study room with worktops and wall art, the rearrangement of shelves, replacement of the hall door to an aluminium shop-front, replacement of the old revolving door at the entrance to a double-leaf swinging door with a safety gate, washing of walls with a brick sealer and painting on the beams and fascia boards. Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith says this has improved the library’s aesthetics, ensured an improved experience for patrons and workplace for staff, improved security and prevented the deterioration of the building. “Libraries offer a space where people can keep their minds active. The fact that any person – young or old, rich or poor, employed or unemployed – can walk into a library and find information to educate and enrich themselves make these facilities an essential part of community life,” says Smith. This mini-makeover will be followed by the upgrade of other libraries across the metro.