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August 17
Important Service Changes for Wake Libraries

Three Wake County Libraries – Leesville Community, Athens Drive Community and Southeast Regional – will see service changes in the next several weeks.

The Leesville Community Library, which sustained extensive damage from fire and smoke due to an arson in February, will reopen on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 10 a.m.

Work on the library included repairs to the roof, circulation area, book return room and public restrooms. The exterior book return was replaced, and a protective fire suppression system was installed. A restoration design contractor cleaned and deodorized the building and its contents, including furniture, shelving, supplies, HVAC unit and the collection of 46,000 books.

On Monday, August 17, 2015, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved an Interlocal Agreement with Wake County Public School System to expand public library service at Athens Drive Community Library and ensure that the school remains a safe place for everyone.

Under the agreement, the library will remain open an additional eight hours per week, starting on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. The move will increase the total weekly operating hours from 52 to 60.

New operating hours will be:

  • Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WCPSS will operate the library Monday–Friday for students only from 7–10 a.m.

The County will also hire a library manager, a librarian who specializes in children’s programming and four part-time library assistants to operate the library and assist patrons during these hours. In addition, the agreement includes hiring a School Resource Officer to patrol the library and its immediate vicinity to enhance security.

The commissioners awarded a contract to begin renovations and upgrades to Southeast Regional Library in Garner later this fall. The library will close at its current location at 908 7th Ave. and move to a temporary location, the soon-to-be vacated Garner Police Station at 900 7th Ave., which is located on same campus.

In 2007, Wake County voters approved a referendum to sell bonds to fund construction of six major library projects and upgrades to seven existing library facilities. Four of the upgrade projects are now complete, and Southeast Regional Library is the next facility designated for renovations.

The upgrades to the 26-year-old facility include replacing floor and wall finishes, furniture and shelving, and the boiler system replacement, as well as updating the restrooms to meet current accessibility requirements.

Wake County staff will begin to upfit the temporary library space at the vacated police station in the coming weeks. The temporary library location will open once that work is complete. The fully renovated library is expected to reopen in the spring of 2016. Specific dates will be announced as soon as they are available.





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