Following nearly five months of closure, Oak Bay’s local library is finally scheduled to reopen.
Friday, the Greater Victoria Public Library said the branch will be back in its full capacity starting at 10 a.m., on June 6.
The branch shut down in January when asbestos was found inside the building.
According to the District of Oak Bay, there was no reason to believe staff had come into contact with the asbestos — or that the public had any risk of contamination.
Shortly following the closure, the District of Oak Bay set an initial timeline of 12 weeks for the library to get the repairs it needed and reopen to the public.
It’s now been nearly 30 days beyond their initial timeline of three months.
However, the library is now set to open with new renovations that include new carpeting, energy-efficient LED lighting, new paint and spray foam insulation in the roof cavity.
“The library is an integral part of our Oak Bay community, and we recognize how much it was missed during the closure,” said Mayor Kevin Murdoch. “We would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during the renovation period. We look forward to welcoming the community back to the Oak Bay Branch.”
A pop-up library was being operated in lieu of the regular facility.