Sunday, May 26, 2024

Long road to Rototuna library almost at end

The countdown is on to the opening of Rototuna’s new library, which will welcome readers from Friday 21 July.

Hamilton City Council says construction of Te Kete Aronui Rototuna Library is all but complete with the internal fit out, including shelves, counters, carpet and furniture now well under way.

“While construction started in early-2022, for the community this journey has been much, much longer than that. We’re delivering a space to meet the different needs of so many people who live there, and I can’t wait to see it come to life,” said programme manager for the Rototuna Village, Natasha Hansen.

As well as traditional library offerings, the space which was co-designed with the local community, has small meeting rooms for group work and larger meeting rooms which can be booked for community events. Users will be able to access a range of Council services from the library, including rates payments and dog registrations. A Changing Places fully accessible bathroom is another feature of the new building.

Ms Hansen said she was also excited about the addition of an on-site cafe which will be operated by experienced local couple, Alex He and Tongtong Liu.

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While the library, some public outdoor areas and skate space will be open, construction will continue on a play space, upgrades to North City Road and final touches on some of the other outdoor spaces, for the next few months, Ms Hansen said.

“An unseasonably wet summer this year has really slowed us down in some of our outdoor spaces. So, expect to see our teams beavering away behind the construction fence until late-October.”

The opening will be marked with a weekend of activities at the library for the community to enjoy. Keep up to date with what’s planned at hamiltonlibraries.co.nz/whats-on/.

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