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Leaky roof behind library’s temporary closure

Published: 24 May 2017

Leaky roof behind library’s temporary closure

Logan Central Library’s leaky roof is set to be fully replaced by Logan City Council.

Sport and Community Services Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said the library would be temporarily closed from 1 July to approximately 30 September this year to complete the $1.2 million project

“This closure of the Wilbur St building is necessary to allow the replacement of the full roof of the 25-year-old building,” Cr Swenson said.

“Due to the scope of the work the whole site must be closed so the project can be completed.

“This disruption is unavoidable and necessary to protect the library resources and building from further wet weather damage.”

Cr Swenson said Council had occupied the building since 2011, which was home to Logan Central Library and a variety of other services including the library’s local studies area, book shop, and one of Council’s immunisation clinics.

The community meeting rooms for hire and the leased community office spaces in the building will also be unavailable while the roof is replaced.
Cr Swenson said the Logan Central Library was well-loved and used by all age groups.

“This branch is open six days a week (Monday to Saturday) and visited by up to 1500 people per day,” he said.

“We intend to leave the library open until the last possible moment before the roof restoration project commences to minimise the inconvenience to patrons as much as possible.”

A number of measures are also being put in place to assist patrons during the closure including:

  • A shuttle bus will run a regular circuit from Logan Central Library to Marsden Library. There will be five runs daily on the hour between 10am and 2pm from Logan Central Library. The return service will depart Marsden Library on the half hour between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
  • A number of the library’s regular programs will operate from the Logan Art Gallery such as Story Time and after-school programs.
  • Council’s Local Heritage Specialist will relocate to Marsden Library to assist with family and local history research.
  • Extra resourcing will be made available to Logan’s eight other libraries. This will include additional public computers being installed at the Marsden and Beenleigh library branches.
  • Patrons will be able to return their library items to the Logan Art Gallery.
  • Borrowers can also take advantage of Logan's unique drive-through service at Logan Hyperdome Library where borrowers can collect reserved items without having to leave their car.

Cr Swenson said the immunisation clinic would shift to Council’s Administration Centre during the closure.

He said all Logan Central library staff would relocate to Council's other libraries to assist with the extra patrons expected to visit.

“These staff will return to the Logan Central Library once the roof is repaired.

“High use items from the Logan Central Library collection also would be relocated to other libraries, where space permitted.

“What cannot be relocated will be wrapped in protective plastic sheeting and stored on site.

“Online services will not affected by the closure and borrowers can still access e-books, magazines, audio-books and music as well as online learning tools.”