Polytech library still closed
‘‘We established a pop-up library ... to continue the normal services we provide our students and staff.’’
Whitireia Polytech students in Porirua will have to wait till March till their library re-opens.
The library building was the only one on the campus to suffer damage during the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which occurred just after midnight on November 14.
There has been caution tape across the entrance to the library ever since, barring anyone from entering the building.
It is not known whether the damage is structural, as engineers are currently carrying out a detailed assessment.
Whitireia student support services manager Mary Weddell said action was taken to ensure library services continued to be delivered after the earthquake.
‘‘In the days following, we established a pop-up library at Porirua Public Library in order to continue the normal services we provide our students and staff,’’ she said.
Information about the library’s closure, and where to get books and academic support, had been communicated to students via many different channels and this would continue, she said.
The public can still borrow books from Whitireia via the Smart system.
Weddell expected the library to be fully operational by late March.
No information was yet available on the cost of the assessments and any potential repairs, she said.
As part of its partnership with WelTec, Whitireia students can also access resources at WelTec, either in person or online.
The earthquake had also given Whitireia the opportunity to ‘‘review and enhance’’ the environment at the library, including new shelving and other measures that would create ‘‘innovative and contemporary learning spaces’’, Weddell said.
No other buildings on the Porirua campus had been affected by the earthquake.
In the wider city only the old James Smith building in Lydney Pl South, opposite the entrance to North City Shopping Centre, remains cordoned off as it is still to be assessed.
The sun shone for a few precious days last week and the people of Porirua came out in droves to enjoy what the city has to offer. Pictured: Jett Allen gives his scooter a good work out at the repainted skate park. More photos from the city’s parks, playgrounds, beaches and pools on P6 and 7.