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News and updates from Kāpiti Coast District Libraries.

WAIKANAE POP-UP LIBRARY OPEN IN MAHARA GALLERY

Pop-up services on offer

Questions and Answers

Come on down to the pop-up Waikanae Library! 

Mahara Gallery

Open 10am-4pm, weekdays, closed public holidays

Following the discovery of widespread toxic mould, the main Waikanae Library and Service Centre is closed until further notice. Continuing to deliver library and customer services to our Waikanae customers is important to us so as an interim step we’ve set up a pop-up service while we work on options for how we deliver our services in Waikanae in 2019 and beyond. 

POP-UP SERVICES ON OFFER

Our library services include:

  • issues
  • returns
  • reserves
  • some library programmes (to be held in Mahara Place and other Waikanae venues, weather dependent).

We have a small selection of items available onsite for loan, including large print, talking books, and new fiction. Crates of mixed board books, early readers and picture books, and newspapers will also be available.

Our customer services team are on hand to give you information on:

  • where and how to make payments
  • where you can register your dog
  • how you can make a hall booking
  • how to request a building file.

 No payments systems are available, however payments for rates & water rates will continue to be taken at Kiwibank/NZ Post, and at our other service centres in Paraparaumu and Ōtaki.

WAIKANAE LIBRARY CLOSURE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

How long is it expected to take until the library is open again?

What are you doing to try and get the proper library open again?

Why was the library tested?

How long has the mould been present?

Regarding the mould, have library users and staff been at risk?

Have all of the books been decontaminated?

Is council aware of a leaking issue with the library?

Has the council extended this testing to all its other buildings?

How long is it expected to take until the library is open again?

The main Waikanae library will be closed for the foreseeable future. Exploring options for fixing the building damage will take time, and we want to make sure it’s done right. We don’t currently have a confirmed timeframe for reopening, as it depends on what option is chosen to move forward with. In the meantime, we’ve got the pop-up library and customer service in place.

What are you doing to try and get the proper library open again?

Reopening a regular Waikanae Library and Service Centre is a top priority for us and we’ve been exploring a range of medium term options which would allow us to do this.

This has included looking into leasing various premises, as well as relocatable containers or buildings. Things are progressing, and we hope to be in a position to share more information in the next few weeks.

Having a medium term solution in place gives us the time to carefully investigate options about Waikanae Library in the long term. Availability of funding will be part of this. We need to make sure we’re taking the time to get this right and we’ll keep everyone in the loop as we progress.

Why was the library tested?

Waikanae Library air quality testing was carried out to assess whether leaks and water damage in the library building posed a risk to the health and safety of staff and customers. Air samples and carpet swabs were tested from inside the Library, and two concerning types of mould were found to be present on both levels of the building. The presence of mould is common in water-damaged areas, and there are leaks and water damage in the Library.

How long has the mould been present?

Our experts have advised that they’re unable to determine how long the mould has been present, but it’s likely that it may have been there for some time.

Regarding the mould, have library users and staff been at risk?

Advice from our Occupational Medical Professional is that this type of mould can cause some respiratory issues after prolonged exposure, but once the mould is removed, or people are removed from the environment, it is highly unlikely to cause ongoing issues.

Have all of the books been decontaminated?

There were approximately 27,800 items in the library, which are all being, or have been decontaminated as a precaution as they’re removed from the library.  

Is council aware of a leaking issue with the library? If so, how long has it been aware of this issue?

We were aware that the building had leaks and some water damage, and funding had been allocated for an upgrade as part of the long term planning process. In light of this new information, we’re revisiting our options for moving forward.

Has the council extended this testing to all its other buildings?

We have carried out testing at the Ōtaki Library, and the results came back clear. We’re also about to carry out testing at several other Council buildings as part of our property maintenance activity.