The temporary space for the Southeast Regional library here will open up around the third week of January if everything goes according to plan, said Ann Burlingame, the deputy library director for Wake County.
“We are very excited that we will be able to offer library services in Garner and to the community,” she said, “And we will be able to offer some limited program services for children. That will start as soon as we open.”
Burlingame said she expects the opening to be the week of Jan. 18.
She said it should take about two weeks to get the books, the shelving and telecommunications in the building.
Southeast Regional library is currently undergoing renovations with new carpet, paint, lighting, new furnishings, more programming, a new space for adult programming, more space for staff and an updated floor plan to enhance the library, making it more user-friendly.
The 22,000 square-foot library located on 908 Seventh Ave., was built in 1988 and was in need of upgrades. The renovations were approved in a 2007 bond, along with five other facilities.
However, there was no money for a temporary location.
So the town offered the police station when it was finally vacated.
The library’s opening was contingent upon the police department’s move-in date to their new facility, which had a soft opening on Thursday.
Garner has been without library service since Oct. 24. They had planned to move months earlier to reduce the time the community would be without library service. But multiple delays to the construction of the police station and vandalism to the new mural on its side caused some delay.
The hours of operation foough the temporary space are going to reflect those of a large community library. Monday through Thursday, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday it will be open from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Books can be placed on hold for pick up. There will also be a few computers people can use.
The new library will offer weekly programs for toddlers up to pre-school-age children. The library is currently trying to find another space to house school aged children, teens and adult programming.
“I would love to work with the community to do special programs at a different venue,” Burlingame said. “We need a bigger space for the older children. We haven’t idenfied that but we are working on it.”
Renovations at the Southeast Regional Library are currently on schedule and the library is expected to re-open in May.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated the library will aalso be open on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The library will not be open on Sunday.