New Alexandria library branch to open

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New Alexandria library branch opens in January

3,000-square-foot space in to house a limited-services library at 8333 Alexandria Pike.

The Campbell County Public Library recently signed a five-year lease for a 3,000-square-foot space in Alexandria to house a limited-services library at 8333 Alexandria Pike.

The Alexandria Branch is expected to open in January 2018.

The new library will occupy the entire first floor of the building and will be ADA compliant.The building is located on the west side of US 27 South next to Ken’s Auto Care.

It is about six miles south of the Cold Spring Branch.

The new Alexandria Branch will offer a small browsing collection of popular materials for all ages including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and DVDs.

Laptop computers will be available to check out and use while in the library.

Two meeting rooms will be available for both the library’s use and for the public, one capable of seating up to 25 and the other seating up to 8people. Delivery service will be provided for materials that are borrowed from other locations to supplement the branch’s collection.

“We have been actively looking at commercial properties to lease in Alexandria for several months. We’re very happy to be getting this project off the ground.

"Patrons in southern Campbell have long requested a closer branch. We’re thrilled we can finally provide better services for them,” said JC Morgan, director.

The library absorbed the costs of the leased facility into its current budget without increasing taxes for operations, materials or other expenses.

The Library’s current 2017 compensating tax rate for property is 7.7 cents per $100, a reduction from 7.8 cents per $100 in 2016.

Morgan said Barry Jolly, the owner of the building, is doing a lot of the remodeling work which helps minimize up-front build-out costs.

Remodeling, furnishings and purchasing lending materials for the collection will cost about $150,000.