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  The library reminds of King George's V coronation.
by Kakapo2

That?s a truly lovely building you cannot miss, located at the end of the beach and the start of the promenade (103 Rue Jolie), just across the street from the bakery.

However, the Coronation Library is not really in use anymore after a combined school and public library has opened next to the school at the corner of Rue Jolie and Selwyn Avenue, just further down Rue Jolie, and then to the right.

The Coronation Library building opened on 22 May 1875. It got its new frontage in 1911, giving it an Arts and Crafts/English Domestic Revival look ? well, I read this detailed description on the Civic Trust website ;-)

The Library was erected to house the Literacy Institute that had formed in 1863. With the renovation in 1911 also came the name change into Akaroa Coronation Library, referring to the coronation of King George V.

Update 2012

This building has also been closed after the earthquakes, like so many other buildings that were not badly damaged but considered unsafe because their strength is significantly under the new building code. Be assured, the Coronation Library is as beautiful as ever from the outside - and you will have a look at it one hundred per cent!

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  • Updated Nov 24, 2012
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