Tawa Library to Move for Strengthening

24 September 2013

Work will start early next month on earthquake strengthening the Mervyn Kemp Library in Tawa.

Two library workers wearing hardhats and moving books on a trolley.

The project will include bracing the ceilings and walls, and some work to integrate the original and new parts of the library.

From 2 October until early November, the library will be based in the Tawa Community Centre at 5 Cambridge Street, almost next door.

On Monday 30 September, the library will be open with reduced hours, from 10am - 2pm, so they can prepare for the move. It will reopen on Wednesday 2 October in the Community Centre at the usual time. You can still use the after-hours book returns slot.

As the Community Centre is a smaller space, we can only take the most popular collections but you can still request items.

Rose Barker, the Council’s Northern Libraries and Community Spaces Manager, says the work is a great opportunity to improve the layout of the library.

“We plan to move the children’s area close to the windows on Cambridge Street to give more room for children’s programmes held at the library.”

Library hours and contact details won’t change while the work is under way.