Library, service centre to open in Eastgate

Linwood residents are to get a new temporary library and service centre inside their local shopping centre.

The Christchurch City Council has signed a three-year lease on a 1200sqm space on the first floor of the Eastgate Shopping Centre which it intends to transform into a temporary library and service centre.

The new facility, called Linwood Library and Service Centre at Eastgate, is expected to open in two months.

''There has been a strong desire among residents for more comprehensive library and service centre services in this area since the earthquakes so we're really excited to be able to confirm this project will be going ahead,'' said Christchurch City Council libraries and information unit manager Carolyn Robertson.

Linwood Library in Cranley St has been closed since it was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. It was damaged further during a fire on the site.

The council closed Linwood Service Centre at 180 Smith St last year after a Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) assessment showed it was below 34 per cent of the New Building Standard.

The new temporary library will house the 50,000 item collection that was held at the Linwood Library. It will open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

The new temporary customer service centre will open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

Eastgate Shopping Centre manager Joanna Hollander said having a major tenant such as the Linwood Library and Service Centre was an excellent asset for Eastgate.

Meanwhile, investigations are continuing into the future of the old library and service centre. This includes carrying out full damage assessments for insurance purposes.

Options for a combined library, service centre and community facility in Linwood are also being explored.

Until the new temporary centre opens, Linwood Mini Library and a temporary Linwood Service Centre remain open at 180 Smith St.

The Press