After 20 years of use and surviving the onslaught of hurricanes Ivan and Paloma, the carpet in the Cayman Brac public library has been replaced as part of the renovation of the building.
“It looks nice, smells fresh and clean, and everyone said it’s much more inviting as you walk in the door,” said chief librarian Lizabeth Conolly.
Typical life expectancy for flooring in a high-use community library is 10 to 15 years. At 20 years, the floor covering had endured well beyond its useful lifespan.
The library was also given a fresh coat of paint inside and outside. “It was just plain white, now it is yellow and orange. An old circulation desk was also replaced with a new one,” Ms. Conolly said.
The carpet was installed by H & M Carpet and Tiling, under the purview of the Ministry of Education.
The one-story library, at the rear of the island’s Government Administration Building, has a study area, a reference and research annex, a National Workforce Development Agency computer and work area for people in search of employment, and a film scanner for viewing National Archive documents.
Ms. Conolly said the library is also getting two new computers – the library’s public computer was destroyed by a lightning strike last year.
The library on Cayman Brac is a project of Rotary but operates under government’s Library Services.
Quincy Brown contributed to this story.