CITY WORK­ING ON BET­TER LI­BRARIES

Cape Times - - METRO - JP Smith | May­oral Com­mit­tee Mem­ber for Safety and Se­cu­rity; and So­cial Ser­vices

THE let­ter (“Li­braries need ur­gent main­te­nance”, Cape Times, Oc­to­ber 11) refers:

Both the Dur­banville and Bel­lville li­braries are well-loved and fre­quently vis­ited for recre­ation and re­lax­ation.

The city (coun­cil) recog­nises the im­por­tant role these fa­cil­i­ties ful­fil in our com­mu­ni­ties and the con­cerns of res­i­dents are noted. Li­braries are the hearts and cor­ner­stones of healthy and em­pow­ered com­mu­ni­ties. They pro­vide a space for read­ing, learn­ing and cre­ativ­ity, and pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties where this can take place forms part of the city coun­cil’s com­mit­ment.

A site visit was con­ducted at the Dur­banville Li­brary re­cently, to as­cer­tain the ex­tent of the clean­ing and gar­den­ing re­quired. I can con­firm the city is in the process of ap­point­ing a ven­dor to ad­dress this sit­u­a­tion.

Con­struc­tion is cur­rently un­der way at the Bel­lville Li­brary and the neigh­bour­ing El­iz­a­beth Park, and in­cludes up­grades to light­ing, path­ways, the in­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras and the creation of a multi-pur­pose ur­ban plaza.

The city coun­cil’s li­brary and in­for­ma­tion ser­vices will spend more than R43 mil­lion in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year on li­brary up­grades, new wi-fi con­nec­tions, ser­vices and the ac­qui­si­tion of read­ing ma­te­ri­als.

I urge our pa­trons to be pa­tient while we make these im­prove­ments.

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