Works complete

By Southern Riverina News

If you go into the Tocumwal library tomorrow you will be in for a lovely surprise.

It has doubled in floor size and the décor has received a boost, with the touch of red highlights on the floor and overhead lighting.

Renovations which have been ongoing for a number of weeks have also included new carpets, computer terminals and the replacement of shelving and furniture.

The toilets and staff amenities have been relocated, and a small meeting room constructed.

To say Berrigan Shire library manager Anne Nevins is happy with the improvements is an understatement.

She said she was ‘‘ecstatic’’ with the changes, which also include new comfortable sitting areas.

All the good old features of the library remain plus many new ones, and the main desk has been repositioned to a more user friendly area.

Costs associated with the renovations have come from two NSW Government funding streams — $200,000 from the Stronger Country Communities fund and $250,000 from Library Development Grants.

Berrigan Shire director of corporate services Matt Hansen said savings in the construction phase have benefited users of the library.

‘‘We were able to identify some savings in construction which we’ve spent on new equipment,’’ he said.