Long-time advocate for Dunedin libraries Merle van der
Klundert, from the Dunedin Public Libraries Association, has
once again urged the council to pay serious attention to its
She urged councillors to follow through on a proposal to
spend money to investigate a ''shop front'' library and
community centre in South Dunedin, as long as the library was
the central part of the development, not an adjunct.
''Every time some sort of progress seems within cooee,
councillors reprioritise and the projects are stalled or
"It's an excellent move, but our concern is things will
change and this, too, will be postponed until some future
She said the association did not want to denigrate the
council's focus on attracting new businesses to the city, but
wanted to ensure it accepted services such as libraries added
value to the community and added appeal to the city.
All was good with the city library's collection, technology
and staff, but the library itself was ''shabby'' and needed
to be upgraded far sooner than the 2019-20 date outlined in
the draft annual plan.
''Council has procrastinated on [these projects] too long. I
expresses the earnest wish there be no loss of momentum this