Opotiki District Library

IN spite of its relocation, the Opotiki District Library is still performing well in the old ANZ Bank building, according to a report presented to Opotiki District councillors last week.

The update report covered council-owned properties and their performance over the past six months.

Included was a library update, which reported that the original building was still affected by black mould.

“The issue is the toxic mould; we can’t manage it without significant costs,” chief executive Aileen Lawrie told councillors.

She said a full update on progress with the mould would be coming in the near future.

“The library has done really well, given what they had to deal with.

“Delivery has been affected nonetheless,” said Ms Lawrie.

This was revealed in a report tabled by finance, systems and property group manager Michael Homan, with a 30 percent drop in new members.

From July to December last year, the library took on a total of 164 new members – down from 233 in the previous six-month period.

Due to the facility relocating, a full report on visitor numbers was not available, along with some other statistics.

In spite of these constraints, the report said the library remained a busy community hub, hosting events and more recently book clubs.

Comparing figures from the past three years showed that book loans remained consistent.

The Opotiki i-SITE also received a lot of use over the last six months of last year, showing more visits than the previous three years.

With 5944 walk-in visits from July to December in 2018, visits were ahead of figures of the period from 2015 through 2017, which included walk-in, website and phone interactions.

The report also revealed that the Opotiki i-SITE now owns the domain opotikinz.co.nz, which was purchased earlier this year.

Across various other council-owned property fixed leases, licences and rent, revenue for the past six months was at $319,788.

This is up 2.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz

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