TE ANAU and Fiordland residents will soon have a combined library and Southland District Council (SDC) office.
SDC recently decided to merge its customer support staff into the library.
Customer delivery group manager Trudie Hurst said several staff changes in the library and the separate office meant it was a good time to look at what could work best for the people of Fiordland, as well as considering efficiencies and improvements.
“We talked to the Fiordland Community Board and Friends of the Library and they have shared some valuable insight into how things could be improved.
“We have listened to these views and ideas about the services you want and believe we can make some simple modifications to improve the experience in the short term, without compromising library space.”
The decision was made so people only needed to go to one place and the present SDC office would become a workspace for service and assets and regulatory staff.
“We are planning an open day for the community at the library to show what we are proposing to ensure both services, library and customer support,can serve the public, and hopefully provide some improvements for the library service as well,” Ms Hurst said.
SDC was working with library design experts on the design plan and would share it with the board and Friends of the Library before the open day.
It would also advertise the change and inform residents on all the ways they could access council services.
- Te Anau Library and SDC open day, Sunday, July 26, 11am-2pm.