The new Picton Library and Service Centre Waitohi Whare Mātauranga opened its doors for the first time one year ago.
Twelve months on, the library is proving popular with booklovers, community groups and local schools.
District Libraries Manager Glenn Webster said there has been a big increase in visitors and book loans, compared to the year before.
“Visitor numbers have increased by 61 per cent and loans are up 11 per cent, which is a fantastic result and shows that the service is being well used,” Glenn said.
Mayor John Leggett said after only one year of operation the new Picton Library and Service Centre Waitohi Whare Mātauranga is already a runaway success.
“The dramatic growth in visitor numbers is an outstanding achievement.”
“Hats off to the library staff for their deserved success and to the many community organisations who are using the facilities, partnering with Council and providing a wide variety of programmes and activities.”
From January to October 2018 there have been 514 bookings for use of the activities space and meeting rooms. Of those, 362 were booked by community groups including Community Te Reo, Picton Knitters and Spinners, Picton Flower Ladies and Picton Poets. Library programmes including Super Seniors, National Bee Month and Arthritis Awareness accounted for 129 of the bookings, while afterhours bookings totalled 23.
Local schools have provided physical and digital displays, and the library and service centre has partnered with many local organisations, including Plunket, Picton Smart and Connected, Marlborough Book Festival and REAP Marlborough, to help to extend their programmes.
Glenn Webster said Picton Library and Service Centre Waitohi Whare Mātauranga continues to be the ‘friendly face of technology’, providing assistance and access to the digital world.
“After the success of year one, we’re looking forward to 2019 and all it has in store for us,” Glenn said.