Construction has begun on a new library facility for the Masterton community. $5 million has been allocated by the Council to develop the Masterton Library as part of the 2018-28 Long-Term Plan. However, the full development is not expected to take shape until at least 2020. In the intervening time, Council has committed to developing a temporary ‘Library Learning Centre’ with relocatable buildings on land adjacent to the current library.
The Learning Centre – Te Puna Ako, will offer new programmes and enable larger groups to go through existing programmes. It will also help us gain an understanding of what services and programmes are popular in our community with the learnings being fed into the development of a new library facility in 2020/21.
Te Puna Ako will be built on the vacant site next to the library in Queen Street and will be an extension of the existing library constructed from three relocatable buildings. It will enable more people to take part in popular programmes such as coding, lego and Minecraft groups and support the introduction of new programmes. The centre will also house Fab Lab.
Community Facilities and Activities Manager, Andrea Jackson, says the start of construction is an exciting milestone.
“Our current library is bursting at the seams and we have to limit the number of people that can take part in some of our popular programmes because we simply don’t have the space,” “The Library Learning Centre – Te Puna Ako will also enable us to test demand for some new ideas that we have in mind as well as increasing the level of service we currently provide our community,”
The Library Learning Centre – Te Puna Ako is expected to open to the public in early 2020.