Taradale Library Upgrade
Planning Started: October 2007
Construction Started: October 2008
Completed: July 2009
Taradale's $1.7-million library upgrade provides a light and spacious building that caters for the information, educational and recreational needs of all age groups.
The former library, originally the Taradale Rugby Club rooms, provided 730 square metres of floor space. The upgrade project has almost doubled that to 1275 square metres.
Other changes included:
- replacing the library roof and floor
- customer self-issue machines as well as the usual counter service
- improved internet and computer catalogue facilities
- a purpose-built, enclosed teens' space furnished with bright comfy beanbags, a play station, X-box and TV
- improved disabled access - single-entry self-opening doors, better access to the service desk and a purpose-built toilet for the disabled
- a meeting room for the use of community groups
- improved display space to promote community groups and activities
Reopened in July 2009, the new-look library makes the most of its setting in White Street, with comfortable seating and extensive windows that take advantage of views of Centennial and Taradale parks.
The expanded floor space allows for better presentation and for extra stock, including many new DVDs and books and more internet computers.
Friends of Taradale Library Inc secured about $30,000 in sponsorship, including a Taradale Rotary Club grant of $10,500 used to purchase technology in the specially designed Teen Space and an electronic notice board. Other sponsors contributed to specialised equipment in the children's area and to particular stock collections.