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New hub for Glen Eden

4 October 2004

New hub for Glen Eden

After two years with a temporary facility, the Glen Eden community will have its new library opened this Tuesday 5 October.

The position and design of the building is designed to provide a hub for Glen Eden, along with the newly refurbished Playhouse Theatre and Glen Eden shopping centre. Bike racks and disability parking mean the facility provides easy and convenient access for everyone. Local bus and train routes are all within walking distance, making a range of transport options available.

The new building will also incorporate the Glen Eden Citizen’s Advice Bureau and has an interior space of 900m².

Other features include: A meeting room available for public use that can also be booked for after library hours use. A sound system with options of background music, personal music for adults and audio stories for children. Televisions in the children's and adult’s area linked to SKY, broadcasting a range of educational and public television programmes. The first fully integrated learning centre in Waitakere. A suite of computers and other technologies accessible to the public and monitored by the learning co-ordinator.

The centre will also provide self-paced learning and structured tuition for those wishing to learn new information searching skills. Casual use of the learning centre is also available. Glen Eden is just the first of several new libraries planned for Waitakere City that are being designed as recreational destinations for families where they can relax in a warm, welcoming environment.

Both learning and informational resources will expand over time, as will public access to a greater range of information technologies. All Waitakere libraries’ hours have also been extended. Glen Eden will open at 9.00am instead of 10.00am and Saturday hours will extend to 10.00am to 4.00pm.

A 6.30am blessing will be followed by an official ceremony at 9am with the library open to the public by 10am.

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