Riverton Library to close for seven weeks

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RIVERTON Library will close for seven weeks from August 3 for refurbishment and upgrades.

But the City of Canning has not yet released specific details of the refurbishment, including the cost of the project, and the impact on staff members during the shutdown.

The City announced yesterday that Bentley, Cannington and Willetton libraries would maintain their regular hours and items that would normally be returned to Riverton Library can be returned to Riverton Leisureplex during the shutdown.

The library is expected to reopen September 25.

Tender applications for custom library furnishing and versatile steel slim-form shelving systems for Riverton Library closed in March.

The city’s agenda briefing notes for the upcoming meeting on July 10 show there is a move to enable libraries to house business incubations services by adapting existing facilities such as Riverton Library.

Adaptations could include the provision of co-working and business meeting spaces, and room for service providers to deliver workshops.

The City’s Learning City Strategy was endorsed by Council in December 2016 and one priority area was the transformation of the City’s four libraries into central hubs for creative development and expression, supported by other services and collaborative work spaces throughout the City.

Late last year, work began to transform Bentley Library into a community hub.

While still maintaining traditional library services and collections, the space has been reconfigured to create a flexible welcoming space for community activities and local service providers.

The agenda for the July 10 meeting indicates the city plans to refurbish Riverton Library this year with a greater focus on flexibility, mixed-use and communal spaces and access to technology including large-format printers, 3D printers, smartboards and robotics.