New Te Awamutu Library
Our new library, along with a proposed new museum, will anchor the long-planned community hub planned for the corner of Mahoe Street and Selwyn Lane.
A new chapter for Te Awamutu Library
Nearly 2,500 people poured through the doors of Te Awamutu's new library on its opening day in 2016.
The new $4.4 million facility was officially opened on Friday 21 October with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Jim Mylchreest. This kicked off a busy day as library staff issued 2,351 items between answering queries and assisting with new memberships.
Watch this time-lapse of the project's progress:
Why did we need a new library?
Te Awamutu's former library was sized well below national standards, leaving it able to provide only some of the programmes offered by most other libraries.
Its design also made it difficult for some people, particularly older people, to use. With the predicted growth the district is facing, it was more important than ever to create a space that caters for the increased number of people using the library.
Check out some of the stories around our new library.
- Cracker opening day for library, 26 October 2016
- Party planned for new library, 11 October 2016
- Free wifi at new library, 22 August 2016
- New library on track, 13 July 2016
- Library to highlight local design, 2 November 2015
- Library design panel named, 21 September 2015
- Library concept formally approved, 18 August 2015
- Community invited to library information session, 5 August 2015
- New Te Awamutu library closer, 1 July 2015
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