Library seeks new space

Permanent staff of the Dargaville Library — from left: Lisa Salter, Kathryn Morrison, Louise Morgan, Jo Talijancich and Simie Simpson

After getting community feedback on their current facilities the Dargaville Library has taken its findings forward to the Kaipara District Council and are now on the lookout for a new location.

A total of 386 people took part in the survey and when asked what they would like to see included in the library concept, more parking and a children’s area were the top choices.

“Generally people want different spaces for different types of users and we think that would work best.

Most of the surveys were filled out online ultimately we’re really pleased,” said Library manager Lisa Salter.

The collated feedback was taken to the Kaipara District Council meeting in May and the library was granted permission to start investigating available buildings and land that could be suitable for relocation. Lisa and her team have started looking at other libraries for ideas but it is too soon to put a time frame on the project.

“We want to do this once and do it right, we don’t want to rush the process  it’s smarter to take our time.”

The public is encouraged to continue to have a say on the library space in the council’s long-term planning process with formal consultations starting early next year.

In the meantime the library is working on a reusable bag initiative and has put the call out for budding designers to put pen to paper over a logo for the bag.

The design must be in the blue and green colours of the council and must be submitted by June 22.


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