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Library closes after more than half a century

Aug 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

EMPTY SHELVES: Robert Angus removing books

IT IS the end of an era for Plimmerton Library which has now closed its doors as part of Porirua’s long term plan.

City Libraries manager Brian Anderson says that Plimmerton library was small with a total of 2500 books out of Porirua’s 150,000 books.

It was only open six hours a week and not really used.

“It wasn’t getting the use we needed. It’s a real shame,” he says.

A library has been in Plimmerton since the 1940s when some volunteers set one up. About 25 years ago the council bought the library.

“We didn’t get a computer link or telephone until 10 years ago.”

Collections housed in the library included books by the recently deceased New Zealand children’s author Margaret Mahy, the multi-million dollar series Harry Potter and even council brochures and plans.

Mr Anderson says these will now be interfiled into Porirua’s main collection, which can be accessed from Cannons Creek, Porirua, Titahi Bay, Whitby and Pukerua Bay libraries.

The library was originally on School Road, but there were some environmental issues.

“It was at the bottom of a slope and we used to get puddles of water on the floor,” Mr Anderson says.

He says that libraries located in or close to shopping centres would generate more customers. However “there’s nothing like that in Plimmerton,” he says.

Mr Anderson is working on a 10 year strategic plan, looking at suitable locations for libraries.

“We’re looking at maybe Mana. We don’t know yet, we’ll get the plan out and see how the council feels about that.”

Other effects of the Porirua’s long term are that libraries in the Porirua area have had to cut costs by six per cent and staff and hours have been cut at Titahi Bay and Pukerua Bay libraries.




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