Thursday, June 2, 2011
Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 48, Athens-Clarke County Library)
A-C library turning new page. (Athens Banner-Herald, 6/1/2011)
Excerpt: But library patrons need not fear - you just have to go in the back way for a while.
Construction workers are cutting a new, temporary entrance in a back wall of the library as they prepare to give a multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation to the library building on Baxter Street.
"It's hard to believe after (only) 20 years we're overcrowded in some areas," said Kathryn Ames, director of the Athens Regional Library System.
But Athens' population and library use have grown dramatically in the years since the building opened in 1992.
About 2,000 people a day use the library for one reason or another during summer months, Ames said.
Now, the building doesn't always have enough space to accommodate children's programs, public gatherings and computer labs, she said. The library has 100 computers for the public and they almost always are in use, she said.
Beginning this month, workers will add about 20,000 square feet to the 63,000-square-foot library building, allowing for some much-needed breathing room.
Building Renovation News blog.