Just as the outdoor repairs to the Gibsons & District Public Library (GDPL) building come to an end, renovations will begin inside the library. From August 12 – August 26, the Library will be closed to complete a space reconfiguration project: re-organizing and renovating the existing Library layout to create a more user friendly comfortable environment.
The project is divided into three phases. The first phase consisted of operational changes that are now complete. The second phase includes repurposing the Library foyer into a Teen Area and opening up more flexible work space to better accommodate presentations, workshops and group use. These changes will take place during the Library closure in August. The third phase focuses on updating the children’s area and replacing furniture in the Library, which is planned for winter 2016/17. Tracey Therrien, Library Director, explains that “the focus of each phase is to optimize and adapt the existing layout to the changing needs of our community while maintaining the welcoming atmosphere of the Library so valued by our members”.
Therrien wants to remind library members that during the closure members will have access to the Library’s digital collection of ebooks, magazines, newspapers, films and documentaries through the Library’s website. For those that have borrowed physical items prior to the closure they will be asked to return them only after the renovations are complete; overdue fees will be waived during this period. “We hope these arrangements will minimize this disruption of service to our members and we look forward to welcoming residents into their revitalised Library on August 27th”.
More information on the project and closures will be available on the Library website: gibsons.bc.libraries.coop