Library Shelves Being Replaced After Less Than A Year

library interiorSt Mary’s Library is closing for a week because their £24,000 shelving system is sagging under the weight of books.

The shelves have proven controversial from day one.

Last year, Council officers rejected a proposal to recycle the shelving from the old library which would have saved the authority £13,000.

They diverted some money from the Children’s Services budget to part-fund the more expensive bookcases, described by Porthcressa Regeneration Project Officer, Diana Mompoloki, as ‘shelving plus.’

The cost of the fittings attracted some criticism and Fran Grottick pointed out on Scilly Today that there were skilled carpenters available on the islands.

At the time, the Council Press Officer issued a statement claiming that the new bookcases would offer “a high quality, high specification finish with low cost maintenance into the future.”

But less than a year after its official opening, the library will need a refurb, as the bookcases are removed and new ones installed.

The Council is now saying that staff were worried from the outset that the shelves weren’t actually library shelves.

They’ll be replaced but the Council says they won’t have to pay more for the swap.

The facility will be shut from lunchtime tomorrow until Saturday 14th June to allow the work to take place.

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