City libraries due for upgrade

Book lovers can expect to see some improvements at Kraaifontein, Scottsdene and Kuils River libraries, which are part of a multi-million rand revamp.

The City of Cape Town will spend R43 million on renovations and library materials at six libraries across the metro.

That figure includes R18.5 million to be spent on books, magazines, newspapers and electronic resources, according to a City statement.

Kraaifontein library closed last week as work started.

A toilet will be built for people with disabilities. The library will be painted inside and out, flooring repaired and the staff room extended.

Work is due wo start at the Scottsdene library this week and will include fencing, a toilet for the disabled, painting of the library’s exterior and a general refurbishment inside.

At the PD Paulse Library in Kuils River, toilet facilities will be refurbished, the library’s exterior and interior painted, carpets and tiles replaced, the signage will be replaced, a new issuing desk will be fitted and an outside area paved.

The renovations at all three of the libraries are due to be finished in December.

“Information is essential to survive and prosper, and the City needs to ensure that all residents can access vital information about health, safety, nutrition and public services,” said JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security; and social services.

“Libraries also provide opportunities to develop literacy and learn skills for employability,” Mr Smith said.