TCC delivers the new library

The new library will be open in three years.

Tauranga City Council has agreed to invest $35 million in a new, future-proofed central library as part of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 deliberations.

The new facility will open at 91 Willow Street in 2022.

The mayor and councillors considered submissions on the options to replace the current central library and voted in favour of a future-proofed facility.

The Long Term Plan will be signed on June 28, and work will begin immediately to design the new library.

City Transformation Committee Chair, Larry Baldock, says a new central library will support a vibrant, safe, successful city centre.

“I am thrilled that we have committed to a new central library that is going to a special place for people to meet, learn and connect in the heart of the city.

“Thanks to the support from many people across the community who have shared their views through our consultation. The community voice for investment in a library, built to last, is loud and clear."

The current central library has a long history of building issues, such as water infiltration, air conditioning and service malfunction.

The current library also has no room to accommodate the growing population. Technical assessments determined that repairing the building was not a financially prudent option.

Over the past year, the community has been involved in coming up with a solution and a proposal for a new central library.

Community aspirations, together with international and national trends on modern libraries, informed the development of the central library strategy.

The central library purpose is to:

  •   •  be a recreation and cultural attraction that contributes to a vibrant city centre

  •   •  be a community hub for learning, innovation and connection

  •   •  share the stories of Tauranga: past, present and future in its Heritage Centre and Archive.

Joanna Thomas, Manager of Tauranga Libraries, says the ‘community hub’ model adopted reflects the trend that libraries offer much more than books.

“In this digital era, a strong emphasis is on providing a wide range of services from homework programmes, to CV support, to computer and internet access, all encouraging civic participation. Libraries are a place for our people."

Council consulted with its community on a number of central library options.

Overall, the majority of submitters (61.2 per cent) supported investing in a future-proof central library rather than a smaller, replacement library.

The mayor and councillors heard the message and supported this approach. They also considered other priorities and capped Council’s contribution to the project at $35m.

Council will be looking to raise external funding in addition to this contribution.

Staff will continue to identify potential savings while keeping true to the aspirations of the community. The new library is expected to be operational in 2022, with the current central library continuing to provide services to the community until the new facility is open.

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Posted on 15-06-2018 12:03 | By Told you

I would be interested to know how many people of a population 110.000 will use this $35.Million Library, how can this money be justified?

Ratepayers paid, not TCC

Posted on 15-06-2018 09:26 | By Captain Sensible

Actually I think it was the Ratepayers who delivered the Library, and TCC just added lots of costs to make them feel they helped.


Posted on 14-06-2018 18:28 | By Charlie

nice to have but not necessary. this should go the same way as the museum until we can afford it

Larry Baldock

Posted on 14-06-2018 16:07 | By maildrop

Amazing how when things go his way he agrees with the electorate, thanks them and says the message is loud and clear. Try that when the electorate disagrees with you Larry, rather than implying they are confused, misinformed and plain wrong. Phhtt. Child.


Posted on 14-06-2018 15:24 | By Maryfaith

How can anything - or any one for that matter be ’future proofed? Wouldn’t that would be nice? But what exactly does it mean in this instance? Are we to understand that previous council built structures have not been ’future proofed’? Will they all be replaced by ’future-proofed’ buildings? What a load of codswallop!

Theres no money...

Posted on 14-06-2018 14:13 | By Crash test dummies

Lets spend it anyway

Waste of $35m

Posted on 14-06-2018 14:08 | By Crash test dummies

Its just a warm place for the homeless to go to

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