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Greerton Library

  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs
  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs
  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs
  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs
  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs
  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs
  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs
  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs
  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs
  • Greerton Library - The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs

"The new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs"

A key objective of this collaborative design build redevelopment was the exciting transition from an inward looking building to a new community focused hub that engaged with the diverse needs of Greerton's growing population.

The new development recognises the evolving role of libraries and offers a range of new community focused amenity and opportunities, including a digital training room and shared meeting room accessible for after hours use. In addition, the facility doubles the size of its predecessor and is now home to an additional 10,000 books, 16 computers, iPads, free internet and increased space for the public to read and study.

During the design process, our project team worked collaboratively with the library staff, action groups, cultural groups, and other stakeholders to refine the detailed brief and develop the design. Project construction took eight months to complete, and with the public opening ceremony being held in mid-2016.

A key opportunity for Chow:Hill's Architecture and Landscape Architecture teams was integration and activation of the adjacent Greerton Village Green, a previously under-utilised and unwelcoming space. This was successfully transformed into an active urban space through the strategic relocation of the library's main entry to allow direct connectivity to the Green. The use of extensive full height glazing on the building façade further enhancing this sense of connection, allowing the public to passively engage with the library and vice versa.

Tauranga City Libraries Manager, Jill Best notes, "...record breaking (visitor) figures were a tribute to the library's attempt to progress the traditional library template to a modern one with a strong digital presence... Greerton Library is a great example of how libraries have evolved to become community knowledge hubs, offering traditional book-based services like activities for children and adults, spaces to read, study, to meet friends, community history and centers for people to access the internet and learn more about digital technology."

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