The Vancouver Island Regional Library is moving forward with plans to build a new library in Chemainus at the corner of Cypress and Willow Streets, the site of the old firehall.
The public is invited to see the new library designs at an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre at 9824 Willow St. An open session will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to learn about the designs followed by a presentation by library staff and a question-and-answer period from 7 to 8 p.m.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
According to a press release from the VIRL, the state-of-the-art new library will offer: 5,000 square feet of floor space; increased staffing levels; expanded hours of operation; a larger collection with many new materials; an expanded program schedule; more public computers; a vibrant children’s area; a lounging area with fireplace; a laptop bar; study space and a bookable multipurpose room.
The total project budget is anticipated to be $2.25 million, including branch construction, new furniture, equipment, and IT infrastructure.
Construction is slated to begin this year.
During construction, library services will continue to be offered at the current location of the Chemainus branch.