IT HAS been a long time coming and a source of much comment, but library-goers in Bega are now one step closer to cool and comfortable conditions with work starting this week on the installation of air-conditioning.
Due to high summer temperatures, Bega library has closed to the public several times in recent weeks when the indoor temperature raised above 30 degrees for at least an hour.
The Bega Valley Shire Council’s manager of community engagement and information, Kylee Cowgill, said closures of this nature have been a community issue for several years.
“Based on our concerns for the health and safety of patrons and staff we often find ourselves making the precautionary but unpopular decision to close the library on very hot days,” Ms Cowgill said.
“We do, however listen to every complaint, which is why we directed returns from a positive investment into the installation of air-conditioning at the library.
“Our valued customers will now find that working, reading and studying in the library will be much more comfortable and the library experience will be greatly improved.
“Conditions in the library can become quite uncomfortable on hot days, so we are very pleased to be installing the air-conditioning,” she said.
The installation is expected to take two weeks to complete and, although the library will not be closed during this time, there may be slight interruptions to service until it is finished.
UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bega Valley Shire Council has said the library will need to be closed on Monday, March 24, so contractors can have full access to the roof for the installation.