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Maintenance at our Libraries

All Hamilton City Libraries branches are public assets, managed by Hamilton City Council on behalf of the people of our city. 

The Council has a programme of work - often called “renewals” – to ensure our buildings and other assets are property maintained and cared for. These maintenance projects can include a range of different work, from new paint outside and inside the libraries, to replacement carpet, furniture – and even roof work and plumbing! 

We plan this work in advance and aim to minimise the disruption to our service. We’ll always strive to keep our libraries open when this work is underway, but depending on what’s involved in the project, there may be situations where programmes and activities are cancelled and some parts of the collection are unavailable. 

On this page, you’ll find up-to-date information on our maintenance projects, and we’ll refresh the content on this page whenever details of a maintenance project are confirmed. 

You can follow all our maintenance projects on our Facebook page, where we’ll post updates.

Hillcrest Library maintenance

Hillcrest Library will be repainted over the next few weeks. 

The project commences on 18 March, and is expected to last about five weeks. It is part of the Council’s ongoing asset renewals programme. 

Both the interior and exterior of the library will be repainted, along with some minor roof maintenance, and the team operating the library will also take the opportunity to reconfigure the collection. Changes will also be made to staff-only areas. 

The work does not compromise Hillcrest Library’s usual opening hours but there will be some parts of the library unavailable to customers at various times. 

Some programmes and activities regularly held at Hillcrest Library will be cancelled while the repainting is underway. More information will be available from Hillcrest Library staff. 

 Customers who are sensitive to strong smells may want to consider visiting other libraries while this repaint project is underway. 

 Updates on the project will be shared through the Hamilton City Libraries Facebook page.

Smart Space

Garden Place will soon be home to its own Smart Space!

Work to construct a new space to showcase innovation and technological opportunity in Hamilton starts next week at the city’s Central Library in Garden Place.

The Smart Space will be an interactive space to engage on innovation, for the community to participate in defining problems and finding solutions and to test smart technologies. It’s also a place for the Council and a wide range of public and industry partners to showcase smart initiatives and tell stories of innovation from within our city and the wider region.

Once open, the Smart Space will be available for everyone to visit, share ideas and collaborate!

Hamilton’s Smart Space will be developed in the front of the Central Library, facing Garden Place. Work to gut the site will start on 15 April, with eight weeks allocated for its transformation.

The creation of the Smart Space will not impact on customers’ access to the Central Library.

Find out more about the Smart Space on Council’s website.

As part of this project, we’re taking the opportunity to replace an HVAC (air conditioning) system in this part of the building. To do this as quickly and efficiently as possible, we’ll need to use a crane outside the Central Library for a maximum of two hours on Thursday, 9 May. The crane will be on-site at 6am, and the lift should be completed by 8am at the latest.

We’ll have staff and contractors on-site to manage the use of the crane and any access needs. If you are returning items to the Central Library during this time (Thursday 9 May, 6-8am), there will be an on-site security guard that will take items.

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