Beckenham library reopens
The South Library and Beckenham Service Centre reopened today after temporary repair and strengthening work was completed.
The work included the installation of steel propping and additional beams and plates to strengthen the building. It will allow the building to operate as it is for three years.
Investigations into long-term solutions for the building are continuing.
City council libraries and information unit manager Carolyn Robertson said staff were looking forward to welcoming customers again.
"Customers won't be able to miss the bright-red steel bracing that has been put in place on the outside of the building to strengthen it,'' she said.
''We would also ask for the public's understanding as some of the temporary repairs inside the building are also visible.
"Before it closed, South Library was the most popular community library in the city, and the service centre was also one of the city's busiest, so the facility has certainly been greatly missed.
''It's wonderful to be able to open our doors again just in time for Christmas."
The library will be open on weekdays from 9am to 7pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The service centre will be open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday.
The council closed the building in July after receiving the results of a detailed engineering evaluation, which showed the building had a seismic capacity of between 10 and 20 per cent of the new building standard.