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Building work is officially underway on a new library that the mayor of North Cowichan says will be a wonderful asset for the people of Chemainus.

“This building is going to be modern and innovative,” said Al Siebring.

“The wait can often be long for big projects like this to get off the ground, so to see that construction has begun is incredibly exciting.”

When finished, its expected the facility at 9796 Willow Street will include:

  • 5,000 square feet of floor space
  • Increased staffing levels
  • Expanded hours of operation
  • A larger opening day collection with many new materials
  • An expanded program schedule
  • More public computers
  • A vibrant children’s area
  • A lounging area with fireplace
  • A laptop bar
  • Study space
  • A bookable multipurpose room

Vancouver Island-based contractor, CCM Construction Ltd, is leading the building work.

“To see construction officially underway is a huge development for the community and library staff,” said Chair of Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) Board of Trustees, Brenda Leigh.

“For a project of this scope, there are many players and milestones, and I would like to thank everyone for their dedication and commitment. This is an exciting day for VIRL and the entire Chemainus community.”

Its expected construction on the new library will be completed in the fall of 2019.

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Ben O'Hara