This past November the Charleston County Public Library asked residents new libraries and renovations would be worth paying for. The proposal was approved by nearly 3-to-1, letting the library know how important its facilities were.
Now that the proposal has been passed, some details need to be taken into account. The Charleston County Public Libraries would like resident’s input. Five separate meetings have been set up for residents to attend and voice their opinions.
Meeting dates and locations:
Monday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
New St. Paul’s Branch Library (Replaces St. Paul’s/Hollywood Branch)
E.B. Ellington Elementary Cafeteria
5540 Old Jacksonboro Rd., Ravenel
Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
New West Ashley/Bees Ferry Branch Library
West Ashley High School Auditorium
4060 West Wildcat Blvd., Charleston
Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m.
New Pinehaven Branch Library (Replaces Cooper River Memorial Branch)
Cooper River Memorial Branch
3503 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
Monday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
New Ten Mile/Carolina Park Branch Library
Wando High School Cafeteria
1000 Warrior Way, Mt. Pleasant
Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
New James Island Branch (Replaces James Island Branch)
James Island Elementary School Media Center
1872 Grimball Road, Charleston
Voters approved a referendum to spend $108.5 million to build five new branch libraries, renovate 13 existing branches and move support services out of the Main Library to free up more space for the public. A major focus includes upgrading technology by adding self check-out kiosks, more public computers and the latest equipment in public meeting rooms.
Charleston County has hired Charleston-based architectural firm Cummings & McCrady Inc. to oversee this planning phase. Several other architectural firms are involved, including library-planning specialists McMillan Pazden Smith from Greenville.
To learn more about the construction and renovation plan, view a map and see a breakdown of the estimated costs, click here. Residents unable to attend a meeting can still send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.