The Wingham Library upgrade continues but has been delayed by the lift contractor’s availability to install the internal lift.
The project is now expected to be completed in the first few months of 2023.
“While we are disappointed with the delay to opening, we are excited to share that we are planning two weeks of community celebrations to showcase the newly transformed space early next year,” said MidCoast Council’s Manager Libraries and Community Services, Alex Mills.
“In the meantime, come along and enjoy our Pop Up Library at Central Park in Wingham, on 20 December.”
The Wingham Library closed on Friday 24 June for a $1 million renovation that includes a ground-floor extension featuring new accessible shelving and an accessible toilet, and restoration of the library’s top-floor. The upgrades include a new upstairs level which will include additional study areas, relaxation seating and a large meeting room with the capacity to host events.
The top floor will be accessible by the new internal lift providing community access to the heritage reading and function rooms.
While the project has been impacted by ongoing wet weather and delays to the lift, the new extension is already complete and work inside is progressing. There has been significant investment in plumbing, electrical and telecommunications to bring this heritage building into the new century.
All items borrowed can be returned to the Pop Up Library or to any other branch of MidCoast Council Libraries.