By Dianne Cornish
After six months of construction and two years of planning, the new Lynden Library branch is expected to open next week. Officials are unable to pinpoint the exact date of opening as hydro and network issues remain unresolved.
Karen Anderson, director of public services at the Hamilton Public Library (HPL), said last-minute issues will hopefully be cleared soon, leading to the opening of the new brick, one-storey building at the corner of Lynden Road and Albert Street sometime next week.
The $1.6-millon, 4,000-square-foot building is designed to meet the needs of both the Rockton and Lynden communities.
The former Lynden branch, which operated since 1972 from a large house located further south on Lynden Road, is closed and the Rockton branch, located on Old Highway 8 in Rockton, had its last day of service on Dec. 20.
A new weekly Bookmobile began serving Rockton on Jan. 3 and will stop every Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the old township hall.
The new branch is twice the size of the old Lynden and Rockton branches combined and its hours of operation have been expanded from 27 to 35 hours a week.
Its features include more public computers and free WiFi access, bigger and brighter areas for children and teens, a community “Living Room” space, individual and group study space, and improved accessibility.
A grand opening ceremony, featuring speeches by local dignitaries including Ward 14 councillor Robert Pasuta, is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. On Sat. Feb. 2, an all-day community celebration with family-oriented activities will be held to further mark the building’s completion and opening.
For more details or to check for up-to-date information about the Lynden branch opening, visit www.hpl.ca.