New Chapter: Library headquarters moving to Berwick Feb. 2

Published on January 23, 2017

The headquarters for the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is moving to the new Town Hall complex in Berwick on Feb. 2. Some services will be interrupted temporarily.

©Ashley Thompson

BRIDGETOWN - Library headquarters is moving to Kings County. On Groundhog Day.

The administration office of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is moving out of Bridgetown and unpacking in Berwick at the new town hall and library complex on February 2, AVRL said Monday in a media release.

AVRL headquarters had been working for a number of years to find a new home and improved working conditions.

The process towards new space began more than five years ago with the requirements of a new headquarters being drawn up and approved by the board. An outside consultant concluded that improvements were necessary.

A request for proposals to solicit options for an improved facility was issued and the board received six responses across Kings and Annapolis counties.

The RFPs closed on April 1, 2015 and the responses were opened and evaluated on April 2.

The conditions and the evaluation clearly indicated the better option was Berwick, AVRL said at the time.


New Location

As a result of the move, some services will be interrupted or suspended, AVRL said.

Their online catalogue will be available and placing of holds will not be affected; downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines will not be affected. All branch libraries will continue with regular open hours, and the Bookmobile will continue service during the week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 3.

On Jan. 13 they suspended acceptance of book and DVD donations until further notice.

“Staff and space that are currently allocated to processing donations will be  re-assessed once we are settled into our new location,” the release said. “We anticipate having information on donating books and DVDs by March.”

All told, the AVRL administration office will be closed Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 and phones will not be on those days.


Service Impact

While some services will be temporarily unavailable when the doors close in Bridgetown at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan 27, not everything will be impacted.

Administrative services that will be unavailable include phone help with downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, assistance with PIN numbers, Borrow by Mail service, regional deliveries to branches, and website services such as Contact Us.

While staff won’t be available by phone, some services can be found on the AVRL website.

Also starting a 4 p.m. Jan. 27, staff won’t be processing online library card applications -- until Feb. 6. But during that time, book lovers can visit any AVRL branch to get a library card.

Printed overdue notices will not be mailed during the week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. Emailed notices will continue to be delivered as usual.


New Address

The new address, in the town hall and library complex, will be 236 Commercial Street, PO Box 510, Berwick, NS, B0P 1E0.

Updates can be found at