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City libraries maintenance on track<p>‘In a technological and digital age, the City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining these spaces. Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to a huge repository of information and knowledge. The public library is an essential part of creating and maintaining an educated and literate population,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.<br><br>‘Information is essential to survive and prosper; and the City needs to ensure that all residents can access vital information about health, safety, nutrition and public services. Libraries also provide opportunities to develop literacy and learn skills for employability,’ said Alderman Smith.<br><br>The City’s Library and Information Services (LIS) plans to spend more than R43 million during this financial year on library upgrades, the completion of the Dunoon library, new Wi-Fi connections, services and the acquisition of reading materials.</p><p>LIS will spend just under R18,5 million on books, magazines, newspapers and e-resources subscriptions to ensure that the City’s libraries have attractive and appealing reading materials to engage all library patrons.</p><p>This is in addition to the new library management system, Symphony, which will improve the service for patrons and staff and which has just been rolled out to libraries.</p><p>Other City libraries will receive R7,7 million for proactive maintenance: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Fish Hoek Library closed in August and maintenance work will include upgrades to the floor, paving, and drywalling to create a new study area and staff kitchen</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Kraaifontein Library closed earlier this week for three months to allow for the construction of a toilet for the disabled, as well as for painting, flooring and the extension to staff working area</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">PD Paulse Library in Kuils River will refurbish the toilet facilities; internal and external painting will take place; floor coverings will be replaced; front entrance shopfronts will be replaced; a new issue desk will be provided; and some new external paving will be installed</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Goodwood library closed on Friday, 21 September and will reopen in January 2019 to allow for the replacement of carpets, new staff toilets, shelving, restructuring of the children’s section, and the replacements of blinds</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Scottsdene Library will close at the beginning of October (to re-open in December) and work will include fencing, the construction of a toilet for the disabled, paving outside the library and general internal refurbishment</div></li></ul><p>The upgrades to these libraries (with the exception of Goodwood) are due for completion early in December provided there are no unforeseen delays. </p><p>The costs for the maintenance and upgrades to these five libraries amount to just over R6 million.</p><p>Upgrades to the Meadowridge library is due to start in February 2019.</p><p>‘The money spent on these facilities is an investment in the education and empowerment of communities. Libraries culturally enrich the areas they are in and serve as a community focal point. Libraries offer a safe space and vital resources that might not be available elsewhere,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p>Last year, the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) was adopted by Council to improve how the administration works.</p><p>‘A key commitment of the ODTP is excellence in service delivery and leveraging technology for progress. We are fulfilling that mandate by providing internet access and making sure our systems benefit patrons and staff,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2018-09-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1f61ec30-8889-4114-8411-a3ee8477bc1b;L0|#01f61ec30-8889-4114-8411-a3ee8477bc1b|Libraries;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#e72d3c36-1039-40f5-898a-7950dc0c4827;L0|#0e72d3c36-1039-40f5-898a-7950dc0c4827|Investment;GP0|#29e39a5a-e609-4189-a4db-9cee8a24dc95;L0|#029e39a5a-e609-4189-a4db-9cee8a24dc95|Upgrade1

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