The Richard B. Harrison Community Library reopened on December 17, 2011 after six months of renovation. The Library was refurbished with a new roof, air and heating systems and expanded lighting. The 11,000 sq. ft. facility was completely reconfigured with new shelving and new furnishings as well.
New Floor Plan
The new space contains two service desks, including one for children. There are two group study rooms for tutoring and/or group project work. The new community meeting room seats 50 adults and will be used for library programs. The library now offers self service check out and self service pick up for reserved books. The children’s area has been expanded and there is a new area for teens. There are 20 computers for the public as well as a circulating book collection of over 30,000 books.
Enhancements to the Collection
The State Library of North Carolina awarded a grant of nearly $18,000 enrich the children’s circulating and reference collections at the Richard B. Harrison Library. The new titles reflect the experience and interests of children in the African American community.
Books from the original Mollie Huston Lee collection are now housed in barrister shelving. Lee Collection reference materials are featured in displays in the new Community Meeting Room. Shaw University's James Cheek Library accepted books from the Lee Collection that were academic in nature. The Lee materials are shelved adjacent to the John Fleming Collection and are available for public use in a designated section of the library on campus at Shaw University.