OLDSMAR, Fla. - The city is expected to close down the Oldsmar Public Library Nov. 12 to begin relocation to a new building at the corner of St. Petersburg and Dartmouth drives. The new facility is set to open Jan. 2.
Movers will begin packing away and transporting the books, audio visual material, shelving and furniture to the new location Nov. 26.
Staff will still continue to process new supply orders and accept returned books deposited in the book drops at the current library building on State Street West.
The city library director, Roberta "Bert" Weber, says during the three-week closure, staff will "still be doing a lot of our regular library work except for checking out material."
The book drops at the State Street facility will close the last day of November and those at the new library will open the following day, Dec. 1.
To avoid any confusion, details will be sent via flyers that will be inserted into October city water bills, Weber says.
Honors Contractors of Oldsmar is close to completing work on the $4.9 million library building.
They are in the process of finishing up all the woodwork, and within the next two weeks they should begin putting in the flooring.
The library is expected to be completed by the first week of November.
At about 20,000 square feet, the new library will be almost three times larger than the exiting one. It will have a cafe, three times as many computers, staff offices, a 150-person meeting room and large reading areas for children and teens.