News item release date: Friday, 29 June 2018
The Altona Library is getting a makeover! To make way for the refurbishment, the Altona Library at 123 Queen Street will be closed from 23 July to 1 October.
There will be a smaller, temporary library service in operation on site from Monday 6 August.
Deputy Mayor of Hobsons Bay and Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Tony Briffa said the popular library will close for the refurbishment so it can continue to service the community into the future.
“Altona Library is highly valued by our community and we’ve listened to the feedback asking for improved furniture, lighting and use of space,” said Cr Briffa.
“We’re modernising and updating the library with new book shelves, an improved layout, and will be repainting and recarpeting throughout.
“New lighting, new seating, and study spaces that take advantage of the natural light and park view, will also be part of the upgrade.
“Library customers will benefit from additional self-service desks, a new quiet study room and a new community meeting room,” said Cr Briffa.
Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Sandra Wilson said Council is always looking at ways to reduce the carbon footprint and the Altona Library has made a number of changes to reduce emissions to close to carbon neutrality.
“Over the last few years we have installed solar lighting tubes, solar panels and a new passive ventilation system at the library,” said Cr Wilson.
“This upgrade will expand the EnviroCentre and improve the connection to local environmental resources and information and will include the installation of a new recycling station.
“The refurbished library will retain the same warm and welcoming atmosphere, and access to the same outstanding range of collections, services and events that the Altona community know and love.”
During the refurbishment, Rhyme Time and Story Time will relocate to the Community Meeting Space at the Altona Theatre at 115 Civic Parade.
Library customers are also welcome to attend programs and activities at the four other Hobsons Bay Libraries: Altona Meadows, Williamstown, Altona North and Newport Community Hub.
During the two-week closure, library users can collect their reserved items at an alternate Hobsons Bay Library branch but they will be able to collect their reserved items as normal when the temporary library becomes operational on 6 August.
Throughout the works library customers will still be able to access library computers, print services and Wi-Fi from the temporary library location.
The refurbished library will re-open on 1 October with an official community celebration on 6 October.
For more information on Hobsons Bay libraries and the services provided, visit http://libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/