New R6.2 million public library opened in Knysna
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport partnered with the National Department of Arts and Culture, Knysna Municipality and the community to officially open the Knysna Public Library on 22 April 2014. Local learners and many others are expected to benefit.
Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Dr Ivan Meyer said he was pleased to note that it is possible to transform a building of heritage value into a public asset of contemporary value. “The original building is 121 years old, but it has been developed to house a modern library of 1 100 square meters without compromising its heritage value. The architects need to be congratulated. This was indeed R6.2 million well spent.” The three story building is equipped with a lift to facilitate easy access for aged and disabled users.
This library is a product of the shared vision as captured in Knysna’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP). It is further aligned to the Provincial Strategic Plan and the National Development Plan. Dr Meyer said the library will provide access to books and the ideas in them, but that it is much more than just books. “It is my wish that this library will create much public value and that it will become a centre of cultural warmth within Knysna.”
Executive Mayor, Ms Georlene Wolmarans said the people of the town were pleased to celebrate the re-opening of the library as an important cornerstone of the Knysna community.