Thursday, October 10, 2013

Main Roanoke Library closes October 28

Roanoke Public Libraries Main Library branch will close for renovation starting on Monday, Oct. 28. The 61-year-old library building is slated for a complete renovation to the first floor and mezzanine, providing a state-of-the-art facility to the Library System. Many new services and enhancements will be added including self check-out areas, flexible collaborative rooms, a Children’s Mezzanine, family restrooms, enhanced views of Elmwood Park, and an expanded Youth Services Department.

During the renovation, patrons are encouraged to visit the other Roanoke Public Libraries branches as well as the two e-branches. Main Library staff will be working at library branches throughout the city to supplement service to patrons, and public computers from the Main

Library will be relocated to the branches.

The Virginia Room will close with the rest of the Main Library, but Virginia Room staff will be available for research appointments beginning Monday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, during the rest of the renovation period. Law Library hours will be adjusted to add hours on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Starting Monday, Dec. 2, additional service hours will be established for the duration of the Main Library’s renovation at the following branch locations: Gainsboro and Jackson Park Libraries will be open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Raleigh Court Library will provide additional availability by being open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Construction will continue over the next year, with a grand re-opening in late 2014. The public will continue to be updated on the renovation process through MyRoanoke messages, on the Public Libraries’ website, and through postings on Facebook. For more information, please contact Sheila Umberger, Director of  Libraries, at 540-853-2475 or by email at

Posted By Valerie Garner

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