City’s multi-million rand library maintenance, upgrades on track

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City’s multi-million rand library maintenance, upgrades on track.


The City of Cape Town’s multi-million rand libraries maintenance programme is on track with several projects due to start soon and some which have recently been completed. The maintenance project includes IT infrastructure upgrades, routine maintenance and modernisation of existing facilities. Read more below:

‘All the City's libraries undergo regular maintenance and IT infrastructure upgrades over a five-year cycle and we've recently completed some of these projects. Others have just started. Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and provide to resources of information and knowledge. The public library is an essential part of creating and maintaining an educated and literate population,’ said the City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

The City’s Library and Information Services (LIS) Department plans to spend more than R43 million during the current financial year. This includes the money spent to complete the Dunoon Library (which was opened last month), IT upgrades, new Wi-Fi connections and streamlined services.

Other City libraries that will undergo proactive maintenance include:
· Observatory Library: closed on 2 May 2019 and is scheduled to reopen on 1 June 2019. The work includes the installation of a new service desk and a new desk for the SmartCape facility
· Maitland Library: closed on Monday 13 May 2019 and is expected to reopen on 8 July 2019. Some of the work includes the circulation desk area which is undergoing renovations, with a new counter and accessories as well as IT upgrades. The children’s section will have minor changes i.e. shelves will be moved around to maximise the space
· Rondebosch Library: closed on 1 April 2019 and is expected to reopen on 12 July 2019 June 2019. This is to allow for major roof repairs

Completed renovations include:
· PD Paulse Library: Renovations to the value of approximately R1,6 million started in September 2018 and was completed in April 2019. This included the replacement of entrance doors, internal alterations, the provision of ramps at the entrance, the creation of public toilets for those with special needs. It also included alarm system upgrades. The library has a new study area and reading section, while all the wood has been replaced with aluminium and glass
· Goodwood Library: It reopened in February 2019 after it was closed for almost five-months to allow for upgrade work. Upgrades included additional work areas, the replacement of louvre windows in areas with fixed glass and the installation of an access controlled door to make staff areas more secure. The total project cost was approximately R1,66 million

‘Information is essential to survive and to prosper and the City needs to ensure that all residents can access vital information about health, safety, nutrition and public services. Libraries also provide opportunities to develop literacy and to learn skills to enhance one’s chances of employment,’ said Councillor Badroodien.

In addition, the LIS Department will also spend just under R18,5 million on books, magazines, newspapers and subscriptions to digital resources to ensure that the City’s libraries have attractive and appealing reading material to engage all library patrons.

‘We realise for many of our patrons it may be an inconvenience when a library is closed for upgrades and maintenance, but the money spent on these facilities is an investment in the education and empowerment of communities. Libraries culturally enrich the areas that they are located in and serve as a community focal point; they offer a safe space and vital resources that might not be available elsewhere,’ said Councillor Badroodien.

Last modified on Thursday, 16 May 2019 22:35

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