Milton Library to close for essential maintenance and improvement work
August 26, 2011
The Milton Library will close between Monday 5 September – Monday 3 December to allow scheduled improvements and essential maintenance to be conducted throughout the building.
Library services will remain available at the Ulladulla Library and Visitors Centre from 10am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 2pm Saturdays while the library website can also be used to request items.
Constructed in 1871, the Milton Library is a heritage listed building meaning the changes to the building will be collated in an archival recording.
Council contractor, Tereno will undertake the scheduled works which include the replastering of the interior walls to assist in damp proofing the building and repainting the walls in a heritage specific palette.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said while the temporary closure of the Milton Library was unfortunate Council was left with no option as the building had become victim of rising damp.
“Only a limited number of buildings constructed in the nineteenth century were made with a shield layer in the exterior walls to prevent rising damp through masonry, stonework and concrete,” said Clr Green.
“Rising damp is a serious problem which can cause the unsightly crumbling of exterior masonry and the staining of internal finishes.
“It may also cause musty smells in poorly ventilated rooms as the moisture in the soil is drawn to the drier parts of the building.”
“I would like to apologise to local residents for any inconvenience brought about by the temporary closure of Milton Library and remind the community that all loans will be subjected to an extended borrowing period during the closure.”
Further delays may be experienced if Milton receives a higher than average rainfall during the works period.
Shoalhaven City Council received a funding grant from the Australian Government‘s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program to carry out the works.