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Newtown library upgrade tackles air flow, damp, heat

Sep 21st, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


FINALLY OPEN: Newtown Public Library the day after the reopening. SOURCE Colin Engelbrecht.

NEWTOWN Public Library renovations have given staff and patrons a breath of fresh air.

The library has officially re-opened after three months of work to introduce new heating and ventilation systems, energy efficient lighting and a new coat of paint.

Leaky skylights were also replaced.

Before the renovation the building suffered from poor air flow, leading to dampness, and unbearable heat in summer.


LEFT TO RIGHT: Library team members Pauline Nelson and Jonny Smith with Councillor Paul Eagle.

Team member Jonny Smith says that for the staff, the changes have made a huge difference to their long term comfort because of the brighter lighting and better heating and ventilation.

‘Having all those little things fixed just add up to it being a more pleasant place for the collections, the staff and the public to be in,” he says.

South Wellington Councillor Paul Eagle is also a big user of the Library and he is pleased with the result.

“The first thing I noticed about Newtown Library was how warm and light it was,” he says.

The work was part of scheduled maintenance and upgrades for the building which is approximately 25 years old.

The renovation also came with a refurbishment of the collection and a section of new books.

All staff permanently based in the Newtown Library were placed in other branches around Wellington during the course of the renovations.

As part of the works, issue periods were extended and overdue fees were waived.

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