Libraries  |  27 Mar 2019

Parklands Library will reopen ahead of schedule on Friday after a major upgrade and earthquake-related repairs.

The library, which shut in November, was initially scheduled to reopen in April. However, the overall work has not been as extensive as expected, resulting in the earlier reopening date.

A person takes a book down from a library shelf.

Parklands Library will reopen on Friday.

The library cafe is expected to reopen in a few months, with the cafe operation still open for tender.

Christchurch City Council Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson says the revamped Parklands Library is a wonderful “fit” for the local community, offering a more open space.

“Local connections are more important than ever and our updated library is an integral element of the Parklands community,” Ms Robertson says.

“The improvements and repairs will ensure that the library remains a relevant community hub in the Parklands area for many years to come.”

Parklands Library has been strengthened and refurbished, with spaces reworked to better meet community needs.

The heating and ventilation system has been replaced, while energy-efficient LED fittings have been installed. Floor coverings have been replaced, computer work stations moved, and all areas have undergone a makeover.

The library doors will reopen at 9am on Friday.