Wingham Library renovations underway | Mirage News

As a reminder to the community, the Wingham Library will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24 to make way for an exciting new chapter.

The Wingham Library is about to undergo a major renovation, nearly doubling in size while retaining its charming heritage architecture.

The library will be closed for approximately 16 weeks to complete the project, weather permitting.

Loans have been increased to 40 items for members with a due date after reopening.

“We will keep the Wingham community informed during the works and strive to minimize disruption to library services,” said the council’s director of libraries, Chris Jones.

All other Midcoast libraries are open during Wingham’s closure, members are encouraged to borrow and return to all other branches.

Home library members have already received a double delivery of items and the library will be delivering to them again with Taree’s stock during the shutdown period.

The million-dollar library renovation includes a ground floor extension, with new accessible shelving, fully accessible restrooms, and restoration of the top floor of the library. The top floor will be accessible by a new internal elevator and will include additional study spaces, relaxation seating and a large meeting room that can accommodate events.

The roof of the existing extension will also be replaced.

The project is being jointly funded by the MidCoast Council and the state government with $500,000 from the NSW Government’s 2019/20 Public Library Infrastructure Grants scheme, $400,000 from contributions from area developers in Wingham and $100,000 from the general library budget.

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