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MIL OSI – Source: Auckland Council – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Smart and fresh Takapuna Library re-opens

A new chapter in the history of the Takapuna Library has been written with a light, spacious and fresh-looking library reopened to the public today following a major refurbishment.

At quarter of a century old, the library was due for a revamp to replace worn fixtures and fittings, upgrade old wiring and adapt the layout of library items to suit the preferences of today’s users.

Devonport-Takapuna Local board member Jan O’Connor is delighted with the new-look library which was closed for seven weeks during the refurbishment.

“More space is now available to the public; it’s light and airy and the wider views to the water and courtyard area show off our uniquely-Takapuna setting,” she said.

“The internet was a thing of the future when this library was built so the refurbishment has offered the opportunity to re-wire the building for the digital age and provide WiFi seating areas.”

High-use collections such as fiction, magazines and the children’s and teens’ departments have been moved to the ground floor, and a dedicated large print lounge has been created in a sunny corner near the entrance of the library.

The first floor has the study area, the computer hub, a public meeting room, the non-fiction collection, the North Auckland Research Collection and the Angela Morton Art Collection.  

The North Shore Research Collection (formerly the Takapuna Library New Zealand Collection) is one of four of the Auckland Libraries’ research collections and is the repository of local history and photographs for the region.

A small number of pohutukawa-adorned carpet tiles from the old library furnishings have been salvaged and are being used by the Michael King Writer’s Centre as a fundraiser.

“As part of the recycling programme around this project, a handful of iconic red pohutukawa carpet tiles have been cleaned up and are being sold as mats or decorations – a creative way of re-using items that are no longer required and preserving a little bit of history too,” says Ms O’Connor.