West Library and the City’s Geelong West Customer Service Centre is scheduled
to re-open in time for the start of the school holidays.
The City took
the precautionary measure of temporarily closing the Pakington Street building last
Thursday, to address a contained, moderate growth of mould.
testing by an independent specialist found that the mould was restricted to a
small area, under the carpet, near a window in the west end of the library.
found no other areas of the building had been affected.
Testing in multiple
other locations – in the air and on surfaces – returned low, normal and safe
readings for mould.
The City has
begun the necessary repairs to the building.
certificate, confirming that the building is fit for occupancy, will be gained
before the City re-opens it on Monday 23 September.
found that the moderate mould was likely the result of stormwater flooding.
A storm gate,
which will be operated when strong rains are forecast, will help avoid further incidences
of minor flooding.
Ahead of the
re-opening, the community can attend one of the City’s six other Customer
Service Centres, such as 100 Brougham Street, Geelong or 163 High Street,
Visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/contact for a full list of locations or to submit an enquiry.
Geelong West Town Hall and Virginia Todd Hall can pick up the keys at the
Brougham Street Customer Service Centre.
All other libraries within the region remain open – details are
available at www.grlc.vic.gov.au/locate
can visit www.grlc.vic.gov.au/news,
social media channels or call 4201 0500 for up-to-date information about how library
services are impacted.
about the potential health impacts of exposure to mould, visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
Director Economy, Investment and Attraction Brett Luxford
found the problem was isolated to one small surface area of the library.
thoroughly clean and repair the area, and install new carpet, before we re-open
the building on Monday 23 September.
We’re glad we
will be able to carry out the required works in time for the busier school
library users and the City’s customers for their patience and understanding
during this period.
meantime, all other libraries and customer service centres remain open.
Library Corporation Acting CEO Deb Sansom
We are very
pleased that the Geelong West Library will re-open on Monday 23 September.
forward to welcoming the community back to the library and resuming delivery of
our usual services and programs.
everyone for their patience and understanding. Before Geelong West re-opens, we
would like to remind patrons that all other library branches in the network are
open as usual.