ELKINS — Construction at the closed main location of the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is expected to begin soon, officials said.
“We were informed last week and they have finalized the plans for the building,” Rachel Shanholtz, the library’s catalog and circulation coordinator, told The Inter-Mountain on Thursday. “So they should be preparing to start construction of the building anytime now. I’ve seen the plans and it’s going to be very nice, updated and modernized once it’s all done.
The library has been closed since December 2021 when flooding due to a ceiling leak severely damaged the interior of the building. The authorities then decided to expand the facility while the building was renovated.
With so many renovations underway, Shanholtz said contractors told library officials it would likely take about a year and a half to complete all the work.
Once the library work is complete, users will be able to enjoy many new features, including a second floor, multiple tutoring rooms, new meeting and conference rooms, more computers, a revamped children’s area and a kitchen. complete.
“We’re also going to have an after-hours section where if the public needs to stay for a meeting or tutoring, they can leave each other and staff don’t need to be there,” said Shanholtz. “There has also been talk of a cafe which could also be installed at the front. In total, we are going to have three or four meeting rooms in addition to the one we had before. In addition, we install a kitchen where if someone organizes an event, they can rent it and cook at the library.
Until then, the library will continue to operate at its temporary location at 209 Randolph Avenue. Patrons can also visit Beverly at the library’s other branch at the Beverly Heritage Center.
“Things are going pretty well at the Randolph Avenue location,” said Shanholtz. “People are starting to find us now, so business is picking up.”
Shanholz said the temporary location on Randolph Avenue adds new books every month. She said the facility offers computer, printing, faxing and copying services.
“Most of the books we have on the Randolph Avenue site are fiction books, but we are also working on getting non-fiction ones,” said Shanholtz. “We have a bigger selection of non-fiction books at the Beverly branch, and we’re talking about possibly opening this location on Saturdays, since people are more likely to go there on weekends since the start of the school year. “
The Beverly Heritage branch is currently open Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Print/copy/fax services, notary, books and computer services, and free Wi-Fi are available here. The temporary Elkins location is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For several weeks, the Friends of the Library group has held a Saturday used book sale at the library’s main location on Davis Avenue. Shanholz said they would continue to sell the books on Saturdays until construction of the facility begins. Donations collected will be used to finance the construction.
“While waiting to start construction, the Friends of the Library sell books every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”, she says. “It’s at the Davis Avenue location and they’re doing it there so people can get a sense of why we’re at our temporary location. They sell them right inside the main doors on the ground floor, which is as far as we can let anyone into the building.
For more information about the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library, call 304-637-0287.