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Library looking for 20,000-square-foot space while renovating Gainesville branch
Board gives update on renovation
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Stacks of supplies and cardboard boxes are stacked in the hallways of the Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library System. The library staff is excited about a $4 million renovation that will create more space at the branch. - photo by Nick Bowman

After posing with the oversized check representing the $2 million state grant, the Hall County Library board discussed Tuesday the progress of renovating the Gainesville branch.

“We are working on a place to move public services during the renovation, but we don’t have a lease or anything finalized yet. We hope to have that by our next meeting in August,” library director Lisa MacKinney said.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed off on $2 million in state funding in May for the Hall County Library System’s Gainesville branch.

MacKinney said they would try to give at least three months notice about the move. In terms of a part-time space, the library director said they would need at least 20,000 square feet to accommodate some small programming and “enough shelves to keep people happy.”

“It will be a lot safer, and the project will move along a lot quicker if we can not have to have (the) public in the building while it’s happening,” MacKinney said.

MacKinney said they expect to be in that off-site location for a year to 18 months.

At the end of Monday’s meeting, MacKinney presented board member Andy Henderson with a plaque with his name that would go outside the Spout Springs branch’s reading room.

MacKinney said Henderson, who has been on the board for six years, was a “tireless advocate” and had chaired the board during the Great Recession.

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