Members of the Greater Victoria Public Library, alongside members of Langford city council celebrated the opening of the latest expanion at the Goudy Branch. The expansion includes tables, chairs and charging stations. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Members of the Greater Victoria Public Library, alongside members of Langford city council celebrated the opening of the latest expanion at the Goudy Branch. The expansion includes tables, chairs and charging stations. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Goudy library expansion opens to the public

New work space area includes charging stations

The Greater Victoria Public Library’s Goudy branch recently received a much-needed expansion which will provide more space for library users.

As part of the upgrades, the space between the neighbouring Poncho’s Coffee House and the current library on Goldstream Avenue has been transformed into a work space including green and yellow chairs, tables and charging stations for electronic devices.

“They can use it for plugging in their laptops or other devices, and just for generally sitting. In the mornings it’s usually completely filled. People have their laptops and they’re working. It’s a nice expansion of our space,” said Andrea Brimmell, co-ordinator West Shore district and assistive services with the library.

“Aside from the computers, there were no places for people to sit and work, which is one of the big things people use libraries for now.”

Work from local artist Linda Bryne as well as a community bulletin board also hang on the purple walls. Library users can eat and drink in the new roughly 700-square-foot space, but it is not encouraged in the library itself.

In the past, coffee shop patrons and library users shared the washrooms space, however, when the coffee shop was closed, library users didn’t have access to the washroom. There were no tables, aside from the computers in the library. Renovations began in January and included sprucing up the bathrooms and changing the carpet.

On Monday, members of the library, alongside members of Langford city council, gathered to celebrate the expansion.

Coun. Denise Blackwell, who was at the tour of the expansion, said it’s of great benefit to the community.

“The way they’ve opened it up and dealt with the washrooms, the fact that they’re putting up local art is amazing,” she said. “It’s good for the community … People like it because wherever they are they can walk to it and walk home with their books. it’s really nice.”


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