11 September 2019

Flooding creates opportunity to refresh Bega Library, 10 day closure coming during school holidays

| Ian Campbell
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File photo: Ian Campbell

File photo: Ian Campbell

A freshen up for Bega Library – with new carpet and a kids reading nook on the way during a 10 day shut down.

The popular community space will close for renovations from this Thursday (July 4) reopening on Monday, July 15 at 9:30 am.

The closure will allow new carpet to be laid throughout the library after rain poured through the ceiling during a big dump in February. A council spokesperson says the issues that caused the flooding have been addressed.

The children’s area will also be refurbished with a custom-built reading nook and staff will take the opportunity to rearrange shelving to improve study areas and seating.

Acting Library Coordinator, Samantha Fenton, says she is excited to be offering the community a refreshed library facility.

“We’d love people to come in and have a look at the revitalised space when we reopen and we can’t wait to see children using the new reading nook,” Ms Fenton says.

Bega Library. Photo: BVSC

Bega Library. Photo: BVSC

One complication with the plan that Council hopes the community can forgive is the clash with the upcoming school holidays.

“We realise the timing of the closure is not ideal for many people and that we will be closed for the first week of the school holidays, however, we had to meet our contractual arrangements with the University of Wollongong Library and this is the best timing to minimise disruption to our local UoW students,” Ms Fenton says.

“Excitingly, school holiday activities will run during the second week of the holidays in the new-look library.

“People can still return items through the after-hours returns box, all items with a due date that falls during the library closure have automatically been extended until the library reopens on 15 July.

“We will be providing printing and copying services at the Bega Youth Space, where WiFi will also be available, but people will need to bring their documents on a USB stick or thumb drive,” Ms Fenton says.

The Youth Space is on Gipps Street, up from the Court House, opposite Target, and will be open between the hours of 10.00 am to 12.00 pm, Monday to Friday during the closure to accommodate those who need or rely on the library’s printing/copying service.

Services at other Shire libraries in Eden, Tura Beach and Bermagui are unaffected by the closure. Online services will still be available 24/7 via Council’s website. Check the library’s events page for news of the school holiday program.

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