Li­brary set to shut up shop for re­fur­bish­ment

No de­tails of costs or staff ef­fect

Canning Times - - NEWS - Jamie Shurmer

RIVER­TON Li­brary will close for seven weeks from Au­gust 3 for re­fur­bish­ment and up­grades.

But the City of Can­ning has not yet re­leased spe­cific de­tails of the re­fur­bish- ment, in­clud­ing the cost of the project and the im­pact on staff mem­bers dur­ing the shut­down.

The City an­nounced last week that Bent­ley, Can­ning­ton and Wil­let­ton li­braries would main­tain their reg­u­lar hours and items that would nor­mally be re­turned to River­ton Li­brary could be re­turned to River­ton Leisure­plex dur­ing the shut­down.

The li­brary is ex­pected to re­open on Septem­ber 25.

Ten­der ap­pli­ca­tions for cus­tom li­brary fur­nish­ing and ver­sa­tile steel slim­form shelv­ing sys­tems for River­ton Li­brary closed in March. The City’s agenda brief­ing notes for the up­com­ing meet­ing on July 10 show there is a move to en­able li­braries to house busi­ness in­cu­ba­tion ser­vices by adapt­ing ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties such as River­ton Li­brary. Adap­ta­tions could in­clude the pro­vi­sion of co-work­ing and busi­ness meet­ing spa­ces and room for ser­vice providers to de­liver work­shops.

The coun­cil is sched­uled to dis­cuss the fu­ture of Busi­ness Sta­tion’s busi­ness in­cu­ba­tor ser­vices in Welsh­pool this month af­ter de­fer­ring dis­cus­sions three times since March.

The City has of­fered Busi­ness Sta­tion space at the li­brary, some­thing the lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion be­lieves may not work for it.

The City’s learn­ing city strat­egy was en­dorsed by Coun­cil in De­cem­ber 2016 and one pri­or­ity area was the trans­for­ma­tion of the City’s four li­braries into cen­tral hubs for cre­ative de­vel­op­ment and ex­pres­sion, sup­ported by other ser­vices and col­lab­o­ra­tive work spa­ces through­out the City.

Late last year, work be­gan to trans­form Bent­ley Li­brary into a com­mu­nity hub. While still main­tain­ing tra­di­tional li­brary ser­vices and col­lec­tions, the space has been re­con­fig­ured to cre­ate a flexible space for com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and lo­cal ser­vice providers.

The agenda for the July 10 meet­ing in­di­cates the city plans to re­fur­bish River­ton Li­brary this year with a fo­cus on flex­i­bil­ity, mixed-use and com­mu­nal spa­ces and ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing large­for­mat printers, 3D printers, smart­boards and ro­bot­ics.

Pic­ture: Robin Kor­net­mu­ni­ d484518êêê

River­ton li­brary will close un­til late Septem­ber.

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