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Spreydon Library to re-open in New Year

25 October 2007

The refurbished Spreydon Library will re-open for business on 14 January 2008.

The ageing facility closed at the end of August to undergo a major refurbishment to better meet changing community needs and comply with health and safety standards.

At this stage it was anticipated this work would take three months to complete, says Christchurch City Libraries Manager Carolyn Robertson.

"However, with a project of this nature there is always a risk of delays in the scheduled programme. In this case, the delays have been compounded by the Christmas/New Year holidays, resulting in the project’s completion date being extended into the New Year. These delays are unfortunate."

She says when the library re-opens on 14 January, the local community will be provided with the services and resources of a modern community library in a warm, tranquil and relaxed environment.

"Downstairs, there will be a colourful, safe and versatile dedicated children’s area, while the mezzanine floor will house the library’s fiction collection and separate areas for younger adults. Armchairs and coffee tables in this area will encourage customers to browse and linger in the library."

Mrs Roberston says she apologises for any inconvenience caused by the delay and looks forward to welcoming the community back to the Spreydon Library in 2008.

"In the interim, Spreydon Library customers will continue to have access to the network of Christchurch City Libraries, the closest to Spreydon being South Library in Colombo Street, Beckenham; Halswell Library on the corner of Sparks and Halswell Roads; and Christchurch Central Library in Gloucester Street."

Customers will also have access to the Mobile Library which offers a limited service on Wednesdays (12.30pm to 1.40pm) and Saturdays (12.30pm to 2.30pm) in Simeon Street by Barrington Mall.

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