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The Mount Pleasant Library will soon be ready to welcome in patrons again as it closes a chapter on year-long renovations. Construction on the library is wrapping up, and the upgrades will create a brighter, more modern space for patrons to enjoy.

Renovations on the library at 1133 Mathis Ferry Road began in May 2021 and were projected to take a year to complete. Although there is no official reopening date, Toni Lombardozzi, project manager for Charleston County Public Library, said patrons can expect an announcement in the coming weeks.

“I would call this in a very non-technical term our ‘preparing to open’ phase,” Lombardozzi said. “We’re getting pretty close and our contractors are just kind of putting the final touches on, finishing up the site work and getting things paved and getting our new book drops installed.”

The branch will still offer the same services, technology and programs as before, but the space will be more welcoming and contemporary. Updates to the library include new interior finishes, technology upgrades, a refreshed book and audiobook collection, new furniture and designated areas for children and teens.

“We know that sometimes kids can be a little bit noisier than our adult patrons who might be in there trying to study. So when people come in the space, they’ll see that now children and teens both have a separate, enclosed area where they’ll have their collections and then they can be able to do things that are a little bit noisier, and hopefully, everybody has their own space,” Lombardozzi said.

The renovations are part of a $108.5 million bond referendum passed by Charleston County voters in 2014. The referendum sought to build five new libraries in the county and update existing branches.

Lombardozzi said that renovations are finishing on schedule and on budget, despite many construction projects facing delays due to supply chain issues, labor shortages and rising material costs.

“We were really lucky and I think that we caught it just kind of the right time before everything started going crazy,” Lombardozzi said. “We were able to try to do some planning upfront and mitigate most of that.”

During the closure, items placed on hold will be rerouted to the Village Library at 430 Whilden Street. Librarians and library staff have been relocated to other branches while renovations are ongoing. Both staff and patrons are eager to get the Mount Pleasant branch open and welcome back the community.

“Our same staff will be back and they’re phenomenal. Anybody that’s been missing their regular librarian will get to see them again,” Lombardozzi said. (Credit: Post & Courier)

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