In spite of months of delay, the outcome of renovations at the Municipal Library of Paphos appears to have been well worth the wait.
The façade of the neo-classical building, widely acknowledged to be amongst the most beautiful in Cyprus, has become even more impressive with whiter than before colouring better showcasing the building’s ancient Greece-inspired lines.
This positive impression is further enforced on entering the library, even though work on the interior is not yet complete.
The difference between the building as it is now and as it once was is significant. The new white and minimal décor, modern shapes and contemporary lighting systems create a space that feels light years away from the old fashioned library we used to know.
Paphos Municipality’s Youth Committee’s chairman Chrysanthos Savvides said that the library’s new aesthetic was already visible to and had been welcomed by everyone in Paphos.
“Within January we will be able to enjoy the results of the upgrading in practice when the books that, for all these years of the library’s renovation have been stored elsewhere, are put in their new places.”
As well as the placing of the books, January will also see all the work on the library’s interior finished.
“The placing of study areas in the upper level of the building will be complete and the computers put in place,” he said.
Paphos’ Municipal Council also expects to have completed the procedure of hiring an employee to work in the library, he said.
The library’s new set-up will also be supplemented by the operation of a Friends of Paphos Municipal Library Club, Savvides said, following the committee’s unanimous approval of his suggestion for the creation of one.
The municipality also plans to make the library a venue for various suitable activities and events through the Club.
The Friends of Paphos Municipal Library Club will be a non-profit entity aiming to as fully as possible serve Paphos’ intellectual needs, Savvides said. “The Club will depend mainly on volunteer initiative,” he continued, adding that it would aim at showcasing and promoting the library’s work and work with the library and others towards encouraging the donation of new materials, amongst other activities.
Based on the experiences of other friends of the library organisations around the world, the municipality of Paphos expects the club to play a significant role in the library’s proper function and good reputation.