Work to replace the roofing on the Dunedin City Library is starting soon. The current roof has been in place since the library was built in the late 1970s and is at the end of its serviceable life.

Preparatory work, including scaffolding, starts this week. The project will involve replacing the building’s metal roofs, working down from the top of the building. The brick paving in courtyards will also be replaced.

Dunedin City Council staff and contractors will work to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Access to buildings will be maintained throughout the project, but Municipal Lane will be closed from Thursday morning (1 November) until around lunchtime on Friday 2 November so scaffolding can be erected. Access to the Municipal Lane toilets will be available from the Octagon side during the lane closure.

Three spaces in the library carpark are being used to store materials for the refurbishment of the library lifts and some extra space will be needed for the re-roofing project. The carpark may be full more often during these projects and the DCC apologises for any inconvenience this will cause.

At times during the project, a crane on the Moray Place side of the building will be used to remove demolition materials and lift new roofing materials into place.

Some noise will be unavoidable as the work involves drilling into concrete.

The work is expected to finish next September. The project has been contracted to Naylor Love Dunedin and the project budget is $1.2m–$1.5m.