City libraries to be upgraded

New books, which were yet to be unpacked, were damaged when burglars broke into the Bonteheuwel library and vandalised the place.

Bonteheuwel library is one of a number of libraries the City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Service will be upgrading to the tune of nearly R10 million, with some upgrades already having been completed.

All the City’s libraries undergo maintenance and upgrades in a five-year cycle. Some of the biggest upgrades will take place at the Bonteheuwel, Ravensmead, Kuilsriver, Brown’s Farm, and Strandfontein libraries.

The Ravensmead Library is closed with the re-opening planned for the middle of June.

Work of nearly R1.5 million at the library includes internal and external painting, replacing floor covering, creating a new study area, converting ablutions to be disabled friendly and internal layout changes.

Bonteheuwel and Brown’s Farm libraries will close on Tuesday February 4 for
13 weeks to allow for painting, floor replacement, a revamp of the study area and electrical work at a cost of R1.5 million for each facility.

Nearly a million rand will be spent on upgrades to Strandfontein library which has already closed and is due to open in March.

Work at the library includes painting, a new issue desk, lighting upgrade, and internal layout changes.

Kuilsriver will close in the coming weeks to allow for R1.5 million upgrades which include the rebuilding of the disabled ramp, a new issue desk and IT upgrades.

In addition, the roofs of several libraries will be replaced.

These are Elsies River which is closed until February, Belhar closed from Tuesday February 4 to March, Langa closed from Monday February 3 to Wednesday March 4, as well as closures at Khayelitsha and Lwandle libraries.