Mayor Dan Plato has opened a new state-of-the-art Library in Dunoon.
“As I cut the ribbon today, 26 April 2019, and opened the doors of the brand new, world-class three-story Dunoon Library for the local community I wondered how many young lives this house of knowledge would improve in the years to come.”
The Dunoon Library is a project that has been five years in the making and that required all three tiers of government, namely local, provincial and national, to work together. The building is energy and water efficient making use of greywater and LED motion-sensor lights.
“This collaboration recognises the importance of providing high quality learning resources that learners have access to, particularly in our more vulnerable communities. If the community embraces the culture of learning that this library symbolises and makes sure that learners, be they young or old, are encouraged to make use of this library, the benefit to individual and community growth and empowerment will be tremendous.”
The residents of Dunoon and the surrounding community now have access to a wealth of knowledge with 15 000 library items in this building. Residents will find an almost endless source of learning, development, recreation and entertainment for young and old.
The library boasts various features such as:
- Two City SmartCape sections one for children (three terminals) under twelve and one for adults (eight terminals) to provide access to digital resources
- Free online access via the City’s SmartCape service
- A reference study section
- Free Wi-Fi with limited data downloads
- A collection of more than 15 000 library items (which includes books and audio visual material)
- A balcony with a lovely view
- Newspapers and magazines in print and in digital format
- Reading programme; storytelling sessions and teen programmes
- Two study nooks
- Community meeting facilities
- Music listening pods
- A section containing material for adults and teenagers