WINDHOEK: The Windhoek Public Library re-opened its doors on Friday after it was closed for renovations for more than three and half years.
It was refurbished at a cost of N.dollars 5.2 million, and included fencing, interlocking and tiling outside the building; sealing and repairing the roof; cleaning and painting the outside walls; as well as installing security lights outside.
Some of the interior renovations included replacing the old damaged wooden shelves; removing the old carpet; and re-building walls that were damaged by honey dripping down freshly-painted walls.
“To get rid of the bees and the honey combs walls had to be demolished,” said Minister of Education, Dr Abraham Iyambo during the re-opening function.
He further explained that it rained most of the time during renovations, and this caused extra delays and more damage to work already done.
“The renovations to the library started during the rainy season, and as a result most external repairs were delayed,” he noted.
Iyambo then highlighted the new additions to the renovated library – a server room with information and communication technology equipment, including 20 public access computers and free wireless Internet connectivity.
Other additions include a children’s library, an audio book corner, as well as secondary school-level software in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Accounting, Physical Science and Business Studies.
Meanwhile, Iyambo informed the gathering that similar improvements will be done to other libraries in the capital as soon as funds are available.
The library is situated along Lüderitz Street in the city centre and its opening hours are 08h00 to 17h00 from Monday to Friday; and 09h00 to 13h00 on Saturday.