Former library demolished

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THE former Invercargill Public Library heritage-listed building on Don St has been demolished, paving the way for new developments for the inner city.

Ryal Bush Transport is undertaking the demolition work.

19 Don St Ltd director Wayne Hill told Southland Express previously the site would be converted into a car park for 38 vehicles, primarily for use by staff and visitors of the Don St business house being built opposite.

Former children’s librarian Liz Miller outside the former city library at 19 Don St before demolition. Photo: Petrina Wright

Before the demolition Southland Express talked to a well-known former children’s librarian Liz Miller who worked in the Don St library from when it opened in the 1960s to when it closed and was relocated to Dee St in the late 1980s.
‘‘It is sad. Not in the sense of the building. The building is dead, but because the memories are so deep and they will never go away,’’ she said.
‘‘This is where I invented myself as a children’s librarian.
‘‘It was a lovely place to be and lovely things happened [there].’’

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