Obs library open for business

2019-07-09 06:00
The newly upgraded Smart Cape computer centre at the Observatory Library now caters for wheelchair-bound patrons.PHOTO: Thabang kuaho

The newly upgraded Smart Cape computer centre at the Observatory Library now caters for wheelchair-bound patrons.PHOTO: Thabang kuaho

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The Observatory Library is open again after being closed for two months to undergo major information technology (IT) infrastructure upgrades.

This was part of the City of Cape Town’s plans to make libraries across the city more accessible to communities.

The upgrades included new IT cables, refurbishment of the Smart Cape work stations and a new front desk.

Senior librarian, Cleolaine Delmore said the new work station is more accommodating for disabled people.

“The chairs were a bit high and wheelchair-bound patrons had difficulty working on the computers,” she said.

During the closure, the library received new material for the children section of the library, so those had to be captured into the system to be ready when the library opened. “We also had time to catch up on our administrative duties.”

Delmore said the library hosts a number of programmes that cater for all its patrons. On Wednesdays Pram Jam sessions are held for parents and toddlers. “We also have a digital literacy programme available free of charge at the request of the public,” she said.

During the closure, Friends of the Library painted the library to give it a fresh look. “They (Friends of the Library) are also looking for new members to generate funds for the library to introduce more programmes,” Delmore added. She said the library welcomes new members who would like to make use of the facility. “Membership is free and anyone can join.”

Ryan van Louw has been constantly visiting the library for years and said he enjoyed it there.

“I come mostly to look for jobs and do research, it is very comfortable,” he said.

He said the environment is peaceful. “The staff is very helpful and there is no interference at all.”

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