The temporary closure of the Oamaru Public Library has almost ended with the new fit-out and refurbishment nearing completion.

Library Manager Philip van Zijl is pleased with the work that has been going on behind-the-scenes and having the new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology installed.

“Our team have worked hard to make sure everything has progressed according to plan.  We planned for a three week closure and that’s exactly what we’ve had.”

“The public have been very supportive during this time as it can be an inconvenience for them not being able to access library services as they normally would.”

The new layout will mean that shelving can be moved to make room for different events, new spaces have been created for quiet reading and other areas for small meetings and gatherings.  The introduction of RFID technology will make the issuing and returning of books and other loan materials much easier.

“Our customers are going to see some significant changes, however, our staff are well qualified and will be on hand to answer any questions and provide help.”

The library will re-open at 9.30am, Monday 27 March.

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