It’s official – according to a recent news item The Hutt City Libraries have the highest use per capita of libraries in New Zealand. Lower Hutt leads with 21 issues per person per year, with our own Upper Hutt coming a close second, with 20 issues per person. This compares with a national average of only 12 issues. I visit our local library at least once a week, sometimes twice. So I am pleased that I am doing my bit for the statistics.
To keep up with demand from all the local book lovers, our library is getting bigger. Local building firm Peryer Construction have won the City Council contract for the $3m redevelopment of the Upper Hutt central library. The back garden had to go, so all the camellias were cut down and removed. Then all the old concrete was broken up and loaded on to tip truck, and the area levelled ready for the foundations.
The concrete floor is now laid so things are progressing quite quickly. The whole job will take about six months to complete.
Once the redevelopment is completed the floor space of the library will be increased by 30%. Imagine how many more books the library will then be able to offer the local book lovers.