CITY WORKING ON BETTER LIBRARIES
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.