Dunoon’s high-tech library opens its doors to residents
The much-anticipated Dunoon Library officially opened on 26 April 2019.
This R42 million project, which was completed over five years, is a partnership between the National Department of Arts and Culture, City of Cape Town and Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS).
The state-of-the-art building boasts energy and water efficient features which include the use of grey water and LED motion-sensors. This initiative recognises the importance of providing high quality learning resources to previously disadvantaged learners and the need for safe and attractive social spaces in vulnerable communities.
The library provides learners with the opportunity to do their research for projects and school assignments. Residents now also have access to a collection of more than 15 000 library items, which include specially designed sections for children, teenagers and adults as well as a reference and study area and newspapers and magazines in print as well as in digital format. The library also provides a free internet service with a SmartCape section with three terminals for the children and another eight terminals for adults. Additional features include free Wi-Fi with limited data downloads, two study nooks, community meeting facilities and music listening pods. The library will promote reading, reading programmes, storytelling sessions and teen programmes.
Mayor Dan Plato urged residents to take ownership of the facility for the benefit of their own children. “We want to change lives, situations, behaviour, mind-sets and that is why this investment is welcomed,” he added.
DCAS is committed to providing free, equitable and accessible library services to local communities in the Western Cape. BETTER TOGETHER.