New Halifax library to start getting collection soon from closing site

Metro Halifax
Published on August 19, 2014

HALIFAX - The Spring Garden Memorial Library is gearing up to make a big move.

With the library’s closure scheduled for the end of the month, staff are trying to figure out how to move the collection’s more than 100,000 books, cd’s and magazines across the street to the new Halifax Central Library, set to open this fall.

“Coordinating this move is a big, big job,” said Bruce Gorman, Director of Central Library and Regional Services.

He said Halifax Public Libraries is currently in the process of hiring a moving management company to oversee the re-location.

Gorman said staff will be advised every step of the way, from the most effective ways to pack books into boxes, to what type of transportation will make the move as smooth as possible.

Three local companies have bid for the position, Gorman said. The job has yet to be awarded, but he hoped to make a final decision in the coming weeks.

But not all of the library’s items will find a home in the 129,000 square feet of new building, he said.

The library’s older chairs will be replaced by “new vibrant furniture,” and nearly half of the 250 computers will be swapped out for new ones.

He said anything from the collection that is discarded will be given to the city.

People can not only expect to see an exciting new building, complete with an outdoor patio, music studio and auditorium hall, but also a fantastic collection of books double the size of the current library, Gorman said.

All of the old library’s 65 staff will also be making the move, and more still need to be hired.

Gordon is anticipating the central library will enter into its final phase of construction sometime in the next two weeks.

“The building is ready to be tested,” he said, adding that crews will be examining all of the central library’s operating systems and making the finishing touches during the remainder of construction.

“There is no more heavy lifting or pouring of concrete.”