A temporary library space on Bevan Avenue meets residents’ needs as the Vancouver Island Regional Library branch in Sidney, North Saanich, is under renovation next week.
Victoria architecture firm Lowe Hammond Rowe envisioned the remodeled branch, which will begin work on October 15th.
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“We are delighted to be pushing ahead with the renovation of the Sidney / North Saanich library,” says Rosemary Bonanno, Managing Director of VIRL. “The opportunity to leverage the South Island’s local expertise, from the architects to the contractor to the workers themselves, is a boon to our organization and the labor market in this area.”
The project budget of $ 2 million covers all aspects of the renovation. The City of Sidney will fund the cost of accessible washrooms and other upgrades to the common area of the building.
The upgrades include converted youth and adult areas as well as a fireplace lounge area, additional computers and a new laptop bar, additional study and lounge seating, new floors, lighting and color, new furniture and shelves, improved layout for wheelchairs , Walking aids and strollers, enclosed bookshelf, assisting computer station for people with visual, hearing and other impairments and accessible customer service.
The project should now be completed by mid-May 2019.
The temporary library is at Unit 1A – 2353 Bevan Ave. open and offers pick-up facilities, public computers, WiFi and a small collection. Sidney / North Saanich cardholders also have access to the VIRL floating collection and digital resources.
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