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29 March 2017

Albany Public Library will offer an intermittent service over the next few months as construction on the new Visitor Centre in York Street begins.

Site preparation will begin next week to start work on a two-storey extension to the front of the library to accommodate the relocation of Albany Visitor Centre from its current Proudlove Parade location.

Once complete the new centre will provide a more central and interactive visitor experience that is anticipated will increase walk-in visitation by about 50,000 a year, bringing flow-on benefits to the CBD.

While the work is carried out the community will experience disruptions to library operations with reduced opening times and resources on offer.

"All attempts are being made to manage the disruptions as best we can," Manager Library Services Paul Nielsen said.

"We expect that the library will have to close for short periods at the start of construction and at specified times during construction, and due to the logistics not all library collections will be accessible."

Mr Nielsen said work would begin soon on a temporary sealed wall that would allow the library to continue to offer a service to the public while the front of the building was demolished to make way for the extension construction.

"Throughout construction available library space will be reduced and the lift will be decommissioned, with the first level of the library only accessible by stairs and staff available to retrieve items for anyone unable to use the stairs," he said.

"If you have not used our e-Library resources before, this period is a great opportunity to spend some time exploring the vast online Library resources we have available 24/7, you’ll discover a world of knowledge, entertainment and fun at your fingertips."

Library staff are available to answer any questions customers may have. More information will also be available on the City of Albany website. Updates will also be posted regularly to the Albany Public Library Facebook page.

Staff will also be on hand in the Town Square sea container to assist with information during this period.

"Rest assured the library team will do their best to accommodate your requests but we would appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate this temporary disruption," Mr Nielsen said.

Read more about the Albany Tourism and Information Hub here: http://www.albany.wa.gov.au/council/projects-maintenance/albany-tourism-and-information-hub-/