Central Library Closed for Plaster Repairs

23 July 2013

Wellington’s Central Library is to be closed from tomorrow morning – and may remain so for at least two days - so precautionary work can be done to remove loose plaster render from a number of pillars inside the building.

Wellington City Council acting Chief Executive Derek Fry says detailed and progressive inspections of the Council’s buildings around Civic Square since Sunday’s large quake have discovered small areas of cracked plaster render that may fall off in a significant aftershock.

Mr Fry says engineers report that the structural integrity of the building is not in question.

The Council has already arranged for contractors to start work to remove the loose material and repair the render, starting tomorrow

Mr Fry says the closure is both to keep members of the public and library staff safe – and to allow the repair work to be finished as quickly as possible.

He advises that returns of books and other items can still be made via the ‘overnight’ slot beside the main entrance in Victoria Street.

Reserves and other services are available in the interim on the libraries website – wcl.govt.nz

The city’s other public libraries remain open.