Lavington Library set for relocation

24 June 2013

The new library will be officially unveiled to the community at an open day planned for Friday 12 July.

AlburyCity Director of Community and Recreation James Jenkins said the relocation was necessary to make sure the Lavington Library could provide more space while meeting the changing expectations of modern libraries.

“People’s expectations of modern libraries have really changed in recent times and we’re in a position where we need to adapt,” he said. “We’ve done that by relocating the library to a new facility in Northpoint Tower. All of the services offered at the current Lavington Library will be continued at the new facility, but we’ll also be able to offer modern innovations including wi-fi, e-books, self checkouts and a customer service centre.”

“We’ll close the current library on 29 June so we can make the final arrangements for the relocation. It will only be a two week wait and we’re looking forward to unveiling the new facility at its official opening two weeks later on 12 July.”

“This is an exciting new development for Lavington. The usable floor space will nearly double in size from 237m2 to 450m2 and it will combine the elements of traditional library services with the facilities people now expect to see in modern libraries.”

The new Lavington Library will offer free wi-fi access and six additional state of the art PCs, providing a total of 12 computers with Internet and Microsoft Office software free for community use. It also features:
- two new meeting rooms
- storytime area capable of catering for two school classes
- additional room for books
- an interactive story tree sculpture

The facility is expected to attract up to 110,000 visitors per year.

The new library also features an AlburyCity Customer Service Centre. It will be the first Council Customer Service Centre to operate outside the Kiewa Street Office and will allow residents to take care of Council business on the spot.

AlburyCity Mayor Alice Glachan said the community was set to gain a great new asset.

“Libraries are a vital community asset that promote lifelong learning and social interaction,” she said. “This is a significant investment in delivering better services for the residents of Lavington that will deliver long-term benefits and strengthen the community as a whole.”

“The area has been designed to be welcoming to all sections of the community. The relocation recognises that there are more people using the Lavington Library, and their needs are more diverse. If we’re going to continue meeting their expectations in the long-term, we need to relocate to a facility that can accommodate them.”

People needing to return books during the closure period will be able to use the after-hours chute at the old Lavington Library, 366 Griffith Road. Library services and programs will be delivered at the Albury LibraryMuseum located on Kiewa Street throughout the closure period.

Expression of Interest process
In the meantime Council will begin an Expression of Interest process for the old Lavington Library on 30 July.

“Council’s intention is to attract a tenant or purchaser that can ultimately use the existing site to deliver economic and community benefits to Lavington,” Mr Jenkins added. “We’d like to see the existing building used as a commercial, retail or hospitality development that will create jobs and provide economic benefits to the Lavington CBD.”

The Expression of Interest process will be open for six weeks and it’s expected that Council will determine the future use of the site at its October meeting.