Central Library Update
As you will be aware, Hamilton City Libraries Central Library was temporarily closed in December 2016, the result of a Detailed Seismic Assessment which revealed an unacceptably low seismic rating for the building.
Following allocation of $705,000 in funding by Hamilton City Council, we are pleased to report repairs to the Central Library building will commence in 2018.
The work will be carried out by Fletcher Construction. We expect to have Fletcher’s staff on-site in early February to commence the work required. The timeframe for this work is seven months, and we anticipate re-opening the Central Library no later than September 2018. The bulk of the work is occurring in back-of-house/staff only areas meaning customers will see little change when we reopen the Central Library. We are using the closure to also undertake two small renewals projects, the replacement of the main entry door and new floor surfacing of our customer lift.
This is an important step forward in reopening our full library services for the people of Hamilton, and our staff are enthusiastic about the return to the Central Library – our flagship.
Until we’re able to reopen the Central Library, the Pop Central Library (operating in the Municipal Building) will remain in business. The Pop Central Library will be dis-established as work on the Central Library concludes.