Saanich 2014 in preview: New Emily Carr library to open Jan. 6

On Monday (Jan. 6), the Greater Victoria Public Library is expected to welcome its first visitors into the new Emily Carr branch.

On Monday (Jan. 6), the Greater Victoria Public Library is expected to welcome its first visitors into the new Emily Carr branch.

The old branch at the corner of Saanich Road and Blanshard Street closed in December, to allow staff to move books and supplies across the street into a modern space on the upper level of Uptown.

Among the highlights, the space will solve mobility and safety issues that hindered the old building, bathrooms will be better located, and there will be enough plugs for patrons to charge and use their electronic devices.

The 40-year-old ex-library building will be converted into office space for the Saanich Police Department.

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