Originally created 02/10/01

Renovated library plans quiet opening



In a little more than a week, the city's main library will be ready to show off its new look.

For the past six months, the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library at 902 Greene St. has been closed to the public as workers gave the building a much-needed face-lift.

Now that it has fresh paint, new bookshelves and an expanded computer center, library officials say the main floor will open Feb. 19 at 9 a.m.

Gary Swint, director of the East Central Georgia Regional Library district, said fanfare would come in April, when renovations on the entire library are finished. Right now, work is still being done on the library's third-floor administrative offices and book processing area, he said.

"We would have liked to have planned something for the first day rather than put it off," he said. "The main thing was to get the facility open so the public could use it."

But he said that once work on the library is finished, which he estimated would happen sometime in April, there will be a formal celebration at the main branch, with activities spilling over to the county's four library branches and to the site of the proposed South Richmond County branch at Diamond Lakes.

Mr. Swint said he expected the new appearance to surprise library patrons.

"Hopefully they'll be pleased," he said. "It's the first renovation we've ever had."

Reach Vicky Eckenrode at (706) 823-3227.