Oak Bay library branch set to reopen after renovations

The Oak Bay library branch will reopen in early June with new lighting and improved insulation after closing in late January when asbestos was discovered in a library workroom.

The branch will reopen the week of June 5, said Greater Victoria Public Library spokesperson Kelly Ridgway, who did not provide a specific date.

Asbestos-contaminated dust was found in an isolated area of ​​the workroom during proactive testing this year at the Monterey Avenue branch.

A pop-up library was set up in a room at the Monterey Recreation Centre, which shares a building with the library branch, in February to provide services while the branch was closed.

In April, the District of Oak Bay said the closure provided an opportunity for improvements including upgrading insulation and installing LED lighting to meet sustainability goals.

The pop-up library is set to shut down Sunday in anticipation of the branch reopening.

“It’s been really well-received. We’ve only had positive comments,” Ridgway said.

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