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New Library to Open in Alexandria

There will be a new library in Alexandria.

The Campbell County Public Library has signed a five-year lease for a 3,000-sq. ft. space in Alexandria to house a limited-services library at 8333 Alexandria Pike. The Alexandria Branch is expected to open in January 2018.

The new library will occupy the entire first floor of the building. The building is located on the west side of US 27 South next to Ken’s Auto Care.

The new Alexandria Branch will offer a small browsing collection of popular materials for all ages including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and DVDs. Laptop computers will be available to check out and use while in the library. Two meeting rooms will be available for both the library’s use and for the public, one capable of seating up to 25 and the other seating up to 8 people. Delivery service will be provided for materials that are borrowed from other locations to supplement the branch’s collection.  

“We have been actively looking at commercial properties to lease in Alexandria for several months. We’re very happy to be getting this project off the ground. Patrons in southern Campbell have long requested a closer branch. We’re thrilled we can finally provide better services for them,” said library director J.C. Morgan.

The library absorbed the costs of the leased facility into its current budget without increasing taxes for operations, materials, or other expenses.

Morgan said that Barry Jolly, the owner of the building, is doing a lot of the remodeling work which helps minimize up-front build-out costs. Remodeling, furnishings, and purchasing lending materials for the collection will cost about $150,000. Some furniture from the other locations will be used. In addition, most of the donors who contributed funds for the construction of a new facility in southern Campbell County agreed to use their donations for this cause.

“We have worked very hard to be able to operate the new branch within our current budget,” Morgan said.  

The new library will be hiring one full-time and two part-time employees, and will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and will be closed Sunday and Monday.

-Becca Wallace, RCN intern
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