Video action from this afternoon – enjoy 🙂
When an item is unavailable due to being on loan, or at another of our network of Libraries, a customer can place a ‘hold’ on it.
Placing a hold is a popular service for Library customers, and from 1 July 2010 it will cost $1.00 to place an item on hold.
This is the first increase since 2001 and brings the Library into line with other New Zealand metropolitan libraries, where holds charges vary from between $1.00 and $2.00 per item.
The holds charge will apply only to adults, ensuring children and young people under the age of 18 continue to have free access to this important service.
Bernie Hawke, Library Services Manager, comments
“The reason holds are popular is because they represent such good value for money. While this is a significant increase, it is still only a small percentage of the costs involved in providing the service. I’m sure library customers will acknowledge this, along with the saving in time and effort for them when they place a hold.”
Start the Matariki celebrations early with a starry tale or two.
Join professional storyteller Kaitrin McMullan and friends as she spins some magical tales bound to delight children of all ages.
- Saturday 5 June 10.30am, Waikouaiti Library
- Saturday 5 June 1.00pm, Port Chalmers Library
- Sunday 6 June 2.00pm, Children’s Storypit, City Library
- Wednesday 9 June 10.30am, Blueskin Bay Library
- Thursday 10 June 11.00am, Mosgiel Library
The latest issue of Children’s Choice has been published and contains a good list of books for kids spanning fiction, non-fiction, picture books as well as news updates from staff working in the children’s area.
Head over to our library website to read the latest issue.
The former Chief Post Office building in Princes Street will be given a new lease on life – but not as a new site for the city’s central library.
The DCC has been conducting a feasibility analysis on the building’s suitability for adaptation to a library/office accommodation complex under an option from the building’s current owner South Canterbury Finance.
That option recently expired before the DCC analysis was completed and the Council has been unable to negotiate an extension after a firm offer to develop the building as a hotel was received by its owners.
The CPO building will now be developed as a 4 star hotel by Distinction Hotels whose owner, Mr Geoffrey Thomson, already owns hotels in Queenstown, Te Anau and Rotorua.
Mr Thomson, who hopes to have the Dunedin hotel open in time to meet demand for the Rugby World Cup, is excited by the opportunity to add to the city’s accommodation capacity.
“I think this is the most appropriate use of the building. Not only will it bring new construction jobs during the conversion to a hotel and then deliver dozens of permanent new jobs when complete, it will also grow the tourism market in Dunedin, Otago and Southland” said Mr Thomson.
Meanwhile, Mayor, Peter Chin, says the news is bittersweet. “We’re disappointed our plans for the Library have come to nothing. But the city will benefit from the development of a new hotel, which, like our Library plans, will revitalise an iconic heritage inner-city precinct.”
The Council had made no financial commitment to the development of the CPO. The costs of the analysis have been absorbed by the generosity of the consultants wishing to see the city landmark building put to good use.
Contact DCC on 477 4000.