Waikanae Library Opens A New Page

Waikanae’s new library, located in the former Artel building in the town centre, was busy on its first day at the site yesterday.

Library team leader Deborah Gordon says staff and customers are feeling good about the new site, with much praise for the new carpet.

Airier site

Ms Gordon says the Artel site, with windows on two sides is much airier than the old library building.

The official move, marked by a formal ceremony yesterday morning, has ended a spell when library patrons had to make do with a pop-up library at the Mahara Gallery, across Mahara Place from the old Library.

Waikanae Librarian Juana looks up a book as the new Library
gets going

Toxic mould caused huge problems

The Gallery pop-up was set up after toxic mould forced the closure of the town’s library building and service centre in November last year.

At the opening, Mayor K Gurunathan noted the work done by Waikanae ward councillor Michael Scott to sort out a site for the library.

Book borrower says she’s very happy

Regular patron, 93 –year-old Maurine Reid, who was also picking up books for a friend, describe herself as very happy.

And local user Di Smith who had been using the Paraparaumu library, said she was pleased to see how well the library’s second move had been managed. 

Emphasis on new book lending

Librarian Deborah Gordon said the emphasis would be on more rotation of new books.

The Artel site includes a wifi and a computer suite, a reading room, and a children’s area with  more books available. 

Opening hours are 9-5 Monday to Friday and 10-4 Saturdays.

The Artel site seems likely to be in use for at least two years.

The Kapiti Coast Council now has to start to decide on a possible new library and service centre building for Waikanae.

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