The City of Reykjavík’s seventh library and eighth swimming pool have officially opened at a brand-new cultural hub in the Úlfarsárdalur neighbourhood in eastern Reykjavík. The hub also contains a new preschool and elementary school. While most city libraries are open for around eight hours a day, the new library will have the same opening hours as the neighbouring pool: from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM on weekdays and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM on weekends.
Úlfarsárdalur is one of Reykjavík’s newer neighbourhoods and it could be said that it is still developing. Some residents have waited years for the services that the cultural hub now offers. Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson attended the opening and even took a dip in the new pool. “It’s just wonderful, really great and unbelievable to have it connected with the library and cultural centre, fun to chat with people in the neighbourhood and feel their joy, and the kids’,” Dagur told RÚV reporters.
The new buildings spread across some 18,000 square metres that house not only a library and swimming pool, but a preschool, primary school, athletics centre, and more. The library, for example, also contains a fully-equipped recording studio and the school houses a youth centre.