The Jeffreys Bay Library (Elza van Lingen Community Library), situated at the old Ski Boat Club in Diaz Road, re-opened to the public on Monday, December 5.

This after the library closed temporarily on Friday, May 14, 2021, this year for state-of-the-art renovations, and operated from a blue container in front of the building since August last year.

The R12 949 842.15 renovation and expansion project included a new bathroom, a special children’s section, computer room, study room/activity room, new furniture, and a guard house.

The internet connectivity also received a helpful boost – making online research that much more effective.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks said libraries are a direct investment in the overall development of communities.

“Libraries speak to our mental and spiritual needs,” he said. “We are more than just flesh and bone – our minds, hearts and spirits are just as important and need to be stimulated for us to develop to our full potential.

“It is my true desire that the upgraded library will play this vital developmental role – no matter if you are young or old.”

He continued that libraries have the potential to be a powerful instrument of change by giving residents access to knowledge.

“And nothing in this world is more important and powerful than knowledge,” said Hendricks.

“In the words of former president Nelson Mandela, education – thus knowledge – is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world.”

The Jeffreys Bay Library will be open from 09:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday.