Knysna Municipal Manager Lauren Waring said the library would be closed from 11 to 16 March to accommodate the move to its temporary premises and would be open again for business at the new premises on 18 March 2013.
“We are very excited that extensions to this vital resource are finally getting underway. There are 15 schools that are served by this library and our children’s section in particular will benefit tremendously from the 460 square metre-additions to the existing building,” said Waring.
The extensions are funded by R4, 4-million from the national Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) with the remainder paid for by the Knysna Municipality.
The Main Library will operate from the Woodmill Walk Centre (the old Edgars building) for an estimated ten months until work on the Main Street building has been completed.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period of relocation and upgrades, and appeal to residents and regular library users to bear with us during this time. The end result will be a beautifully refurbished and extended building that will serve our community and its children for many years to come,” said Waring.
The contact telephone numbers for the Main Library remain: 044 302 6544 / 6390 / 6308.
The municipality also reminds the public that it is National Library Week from 16 to 21 March and that residents should pop in to their local libraries for some great goodies and fun. The theme this year is “Educate yourself at the library” and encourages locals to register children at the library – remember it’s free!