New Byron Bay library under construction.
New Byron Bay library under construction.

New Byron library delayed

THE much-anticipated opening of the new Byron Bay Library will have to wait till the new year.

Byron Shire Council property manager, Trish Kirkland, said the opening had been delayed as the occupation certificate for the new building was not likely to be issued until mid December.

The relocation of the existing library, and the setting up in the new building, is expected to take approximately three weeks.

Ms Kirkland said that based on this time framing, it would have meant having no library service during the Christmas holidays.

"With the Christmas holiday period being Byron Library's busiest time of year, it made sense to delay the moving of 30,000 books as opposed having the service closed over the holidays," she said.

'While disappointing, we'll get past Christmas and open the new library in February."

Wet weather has caused the biggest headache for builders who lost 100 construction days due to rain.

Currently the new Byron Bay Library unfinished works include the finalisation of internal fittings and electrical work.

On the outside, the front steps and pavement are being completed and the landscaping is due to start in the next couple of weeks.

Located on the corner of Lawson and Middleton Streets in Byron Bay, the new library has been designed to meet multiple community needs and provide a lifelong learning centre.

The library features a designated room for Indigenous research and archival material, along with a community room for use by Bundjalung of Byron Bay-Arakwal People in recognition of the role they played in making the land available for the new library.

It has also been designed to incorporate numerous sustainable features which provide the building with a five-star green environmental rating.

To be built at a total cost of $3.75 million (excluding gst), the new Byron Bay Library has been funded with help from the NSW State Library, NSW Community Funding Partnerships program and Byron Shire Council loans.

The Byron Bay Friends of the Library have played an integral part in ensuring the new library has been delivered for the community and the council thanked them for their continued support of the project.

For additional information on the new Byron Bay Library visit Byron Shire Council's website.

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