A new library on Middle Creek High School’s campus will open with a ribbon-cutting Saturday morning.
The $3 million, 8,880-square-foot project was funded by a $45 million bond referendum passed by county voters in 2007. It will hold 40,000 books and provide access to 18 public computers and youth programming.
Middle Creek Community Library, at 111 Middle Creek Park Ave., will fill a gap in library service in the area immediately southwest of Raleigh, in between Garner’s Southeast Regional Library and libraries in towns along the N.C. 55 corridor – Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina.
“The goal would be that within a 10 to 15 minute drive that you can reach a public library in Wake County,” said Deborah Davis, the library’s manager. “If you lived in this area, you might have a little farther to drive.”
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It’s also across the road from Middle Creek Elementary School and near the Middle Creek School Park.
“The advantage for where we’re at is that we’re really part of the community,” Davis said. “Folks are very excited that they can walk to the library. We’ve had lots of folks stop by and peer in the windows and tell us how excited they are for us to open. This is a community where you see lots of folks out jogging, walking after work.”
Mike Wasilick, Wake County’s library director, said while books remain a focus of the library system, new libraries like Middle Creek’s are being built with changing user needs in mind.
“We’re trying to be more attentive to the people who use the library as a place, the people who bring their own devices,” Wasilick said. “We attempt to have more power outlets so people can plug in their devices. People like to have little nooks to work in, so we’re also trying to create spaces where people can have some privacy or downtime.”
The library will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be closed on Sundays.
Following the 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting Saturday, the library will hold a children’s storytime at 11 a.m. and host performer Shaun Jay Magic at 2 p.m.
While the library has an Apex address, it is technically in Cary town limits.
Gargan: 919-829-4807; @hgargan