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Update on Castlemaine Library

Dirt underneath the removed floor inside the Castlemaine Library.

Works are progressing to upgrade the Castlemaine Library include the replacement of the ageing floor.

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Works to improve the Castlemaine Library are continuing, with the library planning to reopen in the first week of November.

Unexpected issues with the old sandstone foundations underneath the library floor led to minor delays.

“With older buildings it’s hard to predict what’s under the floor and this means we’ll be staying in the pop-up library at the Market Building for a few weeks longer than expected,” said Castlemaine Library Manager Jess Saunders.

“The engineers have resolved the issues and we’re on track to return to the library in the first week of November,” said Jess.

“The community has been so supportive and we really appreciate everyone’s patience,” she said.

The pop-up library will remain at the Market Building until the library works are finished.

“We’ll need a few days to relocate our collection, set up the computers and shelves, check everything in and make sure we’re ready to open,” said Jess.

“This means we’ll reopen in our beautiful upgraded library in our permanent space in early November.

“Remember, even when we are closed our e-library is open 24/7 at www.ncgrl.vic.gov.au/elibrary, with plenty of great resources to keep you entertained. You can also drop in and ask us about it.

“To make it easier for everyone our new returns chute will be open the few days we are closed.

“We also have a fines amnesty whilst in the Market Building so don't worry about accruing fines while we're closed,” she said.

Along with the new layout and more seating, the upgraded library will offer patrons access to an extra photocopier and two more public computers, in response to feedback from the community and demand for these resources.

The pop-up library is located in the Market Building at 44 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine.

The library upgrade is funded by Mount Alexander Shire Council and the Victorian Government 2018 Pick My Project grant, as voted by members of the community. For more information about the project check in with library staff or sign up to receive their newsletter at www.ncgrl.vic.gov.au/castlemaineupgrade.

Image: The ageing library floor has been removed and will be replaced as part of the upgrade.

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