Having announced two days ago that the Tweed Heads Library will not reopen until after Christmas they have now got back on schedule and will reopen to the public on Friday.
The expanded and modernised building was due to reopen its doors today but that was briefly put on hold to enable the construction contractor to complete necessary work to comply with all emergency and safety requirements.
‘Council needs to ensure all fire and emergency systems are checked and signed off before we can allow the public into the building,’ Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.
‘We’re excited to say that process is now well underway and it’s all systems go to open at 9am on Friday.
‘Thank you to the library users who have been so patient and cooperative during the upgrade project and these final few steps to get the building ready.
‘Library users will see a much larger and more versatile building. Floorspace has been increased from 619 square metres to 1054 square metres, and the layout allows much greater flexibility in use to meet the needs of individuals and groups.”
Improvements also include enhanced accessibility, a larger computer area with more PCs, new loan stations that give users a fast and easy self-service option to borrow resources, and a more user-friendly service desk.
All library resources will be available to the public from Friday. However, there will continue to be a couple of areas of the new building that will not be accessible to the public initially, until some finishing touches are added.
An official opening celebration, including a day of community activities, is scheduled for Monday 22 January.
For more information, click here or call Richmond Tweed Regional Library on (02) 6670 2427.