Summer opening expected for library

The new Summerland library branch is expected to open its doors this summer.

The new Summerland library branch is expected to open its doors this summer.

The new building, on Main Street at Kelly Avenue, will be more than twice the size of the existing library building on Wharton Street.

The new facility will have an area of 743 square metres.

Earlier, officials with the Okanagan Regional Library had hoped to open the facility in June, but a setback earlier in the winter has pushed back the timeline.

“We experienced a delay over the Christmas period,” said Stephanie Hall, CEO of the regional library system.

The need for a new Summerland library has been identified for many years. The existing library space on Wharton Street is 316 square metres, less than half the size determined by library system to serve the community.

The new building will be owned by the regional library and all construction costs are paid by the library. Under the library system’s agreement with Summerland, the cost of furnishings inside will be paid by the municipality.

“I think it’s going to help to revitalize Main Street,” Hall said of the new facility.

 

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