New City Centre Library an expensive white elephant

Not much material in a large, impressive structure

Having not stepped inside a Surrey library for many years, I decided to visit the new City Centre Library.

The building is certainly an impressive one, with big sloping walls of concrete and glass – a beautifully designed structure.

Once inside the building, I was again impressed by the huge open space and suspended white floors. It was a moment of awe and delight.

As I moved around, however, it began to dawn on me that something didn’t add up. Most of the interior is open, empty space, with a smattering of chairs and a few computer areas. The huge atrium is void of anything useful.

Then I realized that the number of books on display is probably about the same number they used to cram into the old Guildford library – not very much material at all. The books are also dated. For example, there is a large section of automotive repair manuals that date from the 1960s to the ’90s. It occurred to me that lots of taxpayer money was spent on this fabulous shell, but that the old books from Guildford were simply relocated into it.

My conclusion was that this magnificent structure is a white elephant with little substance or function.

 

B. Largghy

Surrey

Just Posted

Surrey Mounties investigate drive-by shooting in Fleetwood

It happened Monday afternoon in the 8000-block of 153A Street. Police say no victim has been located.

18-year-old to hospital after shots fired in White Rock

Police investigating early-morning incident

UPDATE: White Rock RCMP unaffected by Surrey’s choice of police force, city says

Mayor Darryl Walker to meet with RCMP Staff Sgt. Daryl Creighton

Surrey firefighters tackle blaze at Guildford home

Firefighters have yet to determine what caused the vacant house fire

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Calgarians head to the polls to declare ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ on Winter Games

The question “are you for or are you against hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” was to be posed to them Tuesday in a plebiscite to help determine whether the city should move ahead with a bid.

Heir’s big birthday: 70 candles lined up for Prince Charles

Prince Charles turns 70 Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, still serving in the heir to the throne role he has filled since he was a young child.

Trudeau lays down challenge to companies in bid to boost trade with Asia

“Building the relationships, building the connections, building the facility and also changing mindsets — getting Canadian companies to see the opportunities we have around the world to partner and invest.”

One person sent to hospital after incident at Langley gas station

Police observed retrieving what appeared to be an exacto knife

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

CNN is asking for an immediate restraining order to return Acosta to the White House.

Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

US trial to tell epic tale of Mexican drug lord “El Chapo”

Guzman’s long-awaited U.S. trial begins Tuesday in New York

Northern California wildfire is deadliest in state history

Holding out slim hope as crews search for more fire dead; 42 already killed in blaze

Most Read