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12 February 2018

Albany Public Library will close for a week to allow works to connect the old and new parts of the building on York Street to accommodate Albany Visitor Centre and a new customer service layout for the library.

The closure from February 26 to March 5 will also allow upgrades to begin on the library’s furniture and shelving thanks to $200,000 funding through the Great Southern Development Commission’s Regional Grants Scheme.

Manager Precinct Paul Nielsen thanked library customers for their patience so far during construction of the new visitor centre.

“There have been a few interruptions to library services along the way to allow the project to proceed, but our customers have been very understanding and accommodating,” he said.

“During the week-long closure we will have a pop-up library service in the sea container in Town Square for the community to use.

“When we re-open there will be limited public access to the new part of the building and we expect there will be a few more closures and disruptions through March but we will do our best to work with the builders and keep them as minimal as we can.”

With the construction project nearing the finish line, City of Albany Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe said the new visitor centre and upgraded library will be a great addition to the city centre.

“The project has been going really well and although there is still a construction zone around the building we can see it taking shape week by week,” he said.

“We are excited about opening it to the public in coming months and seeing the facility integrate with the city centre and be a wonderful showcase for our region.”

The City will publish full details of further disruptions to library services closer to the time. Please follow the City of Albany or Albany Public Library websites, Facebook pages or library e-newsletter for more information.

More information will be available soon about the visitor centre transition plans.

Albany History Collection in the Co-Op building will remain open during the library closure.