Carrick-on-Suir Public Library is undergoing a €120,000 facelift and will be closed to the public over the next six weeks while the renovations are taking place.
The main works in the project will be replacing the library’s leaking roof and making the building more accessible to people with disabilities, the elderly and parents visiting the library with buggies and prams.
The 33 year-old library at Greenside will close to the public from this Friday, July 29 at 5pm and will re-open for business on Monday, September 12 at 1am.
County Librarian Martin Maher said the renovations works began several weeks ago but had now reached at stage where they had no option but to close the library to the public temporarily for the main part of the project.
He regretted having to close the library but it would be impossible to remain open to the public while the upcoming works on the library were underway.
“The roof of the library had become a problem because of major leaks and we badly needed to address it,” Mr Maher told The Nationalist.
“When we started looking at that, we looked at others areas of the building, particularly its accessibility to people with disabilities.
“We opened the Carrick-on-Suir Library in 1978 and really there was nothing done with the building since then. What we are doing now is going to be a major improvement and will certainly make the building far more accessible and comfortable for its users.
The disability access works include converting the library’s toilets to make them wheelchair accessible and installing wheelchair accessible sliding doors at the entrance to the building and creating two new emergency exit.
A number of general refurbishments will also be carried including the replacement of the front control desk, replacing the roof glazing and installing new carpeting.
A wall will also be constructed to close off the exhibition area so that it can also be used as a meeting place for community groups.
The County Library Service is advising Carrick-on-Suir Library members that the can borrow excess books before the six week closure and keep them for longer periods of time if necessary.
Borrowers can also borrow from any of the other libraries in Co. Tipperary during the period of the closure and fines will not be incurred on books.
Library members requiring further information at any time during the closure, should telephone Clonmel Public Library at (052) 6124545 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog updates will be available by checking the Tipperary Libraries Website www.tipperarylibraries.ie.