Library set to shut up shop for refurbishment
No details of costs or staff effect
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.
Riverton library will close until late September.