Renovations for the Crystal Brook library

The Port Pirie Regional Council is investing $400,000 to renovate the Crystal Brook library in the coming months. 

REFURBISHMENT: Kathryn Johnson, with Sue Denton the customer service officer at the Crystal Brook library.

REFURBISHMENT: Kathryn Johnson, with Sue Denton the customer service officer at the Crystal Brook library.

The works will include upgrading the existing council office, which will become the library and then the existing library, which will become a community meeting room. 

Director of Infrastructure, Kathryn Johnson says that the project is expected to take two to three months before all stages are complete. 

“At the moment, it is the early stages of demolition where there are some ceiling linings to be removed, and walls to be demolished.”

“There is a bit of asbestos that needs to be removed and that will be done under controlled conditions and once the new library is fitted out, then we will transfer this library infrastructure to the new library and then this part of the building will be fitted out.”

There will be a modern touch added to the new library, with modern furniture and fittings to be included. 

“The library itself is still constrained with space, but what we will see is modern furniture and fittings, there will be an IT area, with Wi-Fi available. It will also provide our library staff with more comfortable surroundings to work in.”

The office is of great importance to the residents of Crystal Brook, as it doubles as a library and customer service centre and hope to see the project finished by the end of August. 

The council do want to advise library visitors that the on site toilets will be closed during the refurbishment, but will be upgraded to be compliant to disability standards. 

“ While the refurbishment is on, people who come to the library do have to use the public toilets across the toad, but hopefully that doesn't cause too much inconvenience”, Kathryn said.