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Council releases Libraries 2025 Facilities Plan

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31 October 2008

The Christchurch City Council has today (31 October) released the Libraries 2025 Facilities Plan.

The Plan, adopted in August, is the framework to guide Council’s future decision-making in developing the city’s library network.

The Libraries 2025 Facilities Plan looks to meet Christchurch’s changing geographic and demographic needs during the next 20 years with a review every six years to look at actual growth and revised projections to ensure the location and timing of facilities reflect changes in forecasted growth.

Under the Plan, it is proposed to build new libraries at Aranui and Belfast, replace the library at Halswell, explore development options for Central Library and generally look to maximise partnerships and co-location opportunities to enhance the service.

Christchurch City Libraries Manager Carolyn Robertson says each project in the Libraries 2025 Facilities Plan will be considered as a separate business case as part of the LTCCP process with Council looking to ensure it continues to provide the community with a world-class libraries network.

“Libraries are recognised as contributing significantly to the social, cultural and economic well-being of the community, Christchurch having a proud history of investing in this network.

“Under the Plan, Council has made a commitment to ensuring its libraries network remains customer-driven, provides value-for-money and offers a technically advanced service for its ratepayers and residents.”

Copies of the Libraries 2025 Facilities Plan will be available online from tomorrow (1 November) at - and from libraries and Council service centres.