The Pineville Library will be moving to its new location in September, according to Library Director Caroline Gaddis.
The library will be moving from its Castle Rock Avenue location to space in the Riverside Complex.
Gaddis says the new site is about the same size as the old one. “But this building is in much better repair than the current site,” she pointed out. “And it has much better parking. We’ve had several people tell us that they just can’t come to the library because if an ATV comes in with a trailer, there’s just no place to park.
“We’re also close to the County Commission,” she noted, “and that will make it more accessible to people. Now, we’re on a back street.”
Pineville and the three other county libraries will be closed the first week of September while the move takes place.
“We’re going to close the library and get staff from the other libraries to help us box up books,” Gaddis explained.
“Once the books are off the shelves, we’ll have to a rent a U-Haul to move shelves to the new location,” she continued.
Once the books and furniture have been moved to the new site, Gaddis said, “we have to put the books back on the shelves. Then we’ll do an inventory of the books and equipment.”
She says she was “very excited” when she heard about the move.
“We’ve had some issues and were worried about how we would get them repaired,” she commented. “I was excited that we had a solution.”
Once the library reopens, a grand opening will be held at a date to be named later.
“We’ll send out invitations and put a notice in the papers to let everybody know,” Gaddis said.
“We’ve had quite a few people come in who have heard that we’re moving,” she stated. “We try to tell people about it. Most of them seem to be happy about it, but one or two have been concerned about parking.”
The library celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year. It has been located at the current site since 1984.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.