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MEDIA RELEASE -Portland Library relocates to a new home

23 August 2017

Portland Library is preparing for a move into a new CBD home to make way for a major redevelopment at its current site.

Glenelg Shire Council last night endorsed a nine month lease agreement for rental of 56 Percy Street, Portland – the former Chicken Feed premises – in the Macintyre Arcade complex which will become a temporary home for the library during the construction phase, which is due to begin in November.

To make way for construction crews, and ensure there is no disruption to service, library staff will begin relocating library stock and infrastructure over the coming weeks in readiness for the lease agreement.

Glenelg Libraries manager Yvette Parker said the full suite of library services would still be available from the temporary CBD location.

“Our library staff will work tirelessly over the coming weeks to ensure a seamless opening in our temporary CBD home in November,” Ms Parker said.

“All library services will be available from the site, although there will be some limitations with reduced computer access and reduction of books available on the floor.

“However, our library users can still request the latest book, or that special title they have been hunting for.”

Ms Parker said the CBD location was fully accessible with adequate parking readily available from the street.

“We are excited to be continuing to offer our library services from this great retail space which is in close proximity to banks, cafes and shopping outlets,” she said.

“People can continue to enjoy our library services and we envisage there may be some new users to the service, who may drop by because of this new street frontage.”

The $400,000 Portland Library redevelopment includes a refurbishment of the front counter, new meeting spaces, redesign of staff space, and creation of a dedicated space for creative play and programming for youth, and teen chill out area.

The library team is currently recruiting a working group to plan the new look space, which has been funded by the State Government. Construction is expected to be complete by May 2018.

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