Construction is set to begin on the second phase of the expansion and renovation of the Sharon Forks Library and will require closing the branch from Monday, October 2 through Sunday, October 29.
The branch will also begin closing an hour early Monday through Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. instead of 8:30 p.m., beginning on Monday, September 11 due to construction that will disconnect power to the street lights in the parking lot.
The library is working to keep patrons safe in the parking lot, along with balancing the requirements of ongoing construction.
“We want to keep the library open and available to patrons as much as we possibly can while construction is in progress, but we need to move everything into the new building while the older section is under renovation,” explains Branch Manager Mendy Gunter.
Movers will transport furnishings, shelving, and computers from the existing building to the new expansion section or to off-site storage. Then library staff will relocate more than 100,000 books and materials and make sure the shelves are properly labeled so patrons can locate items from the catalog.
While library staff members work inside the building, construction crews will complete a reconfiguration of the parking lot, adding a traffic circle and widening the entrance at Old Atlanta Road to include a right-turn lane.
During the closure, patrons will not be able to access any portion of the library grounds, including the book return. The library’s popular holds service will also be suspended at the Sharon Forks branch.
“We’ll stop accepting requests for holds on materials at Sharon Forks on Monday, September 11 and patrons should pick up any existing holds before the branch closes,” explains Gunter.
Patrons that wish to pick up their holds at a different library branch should call the library at 770-781-9840 and speak to a librarian about changing their pick-up location well in advance of the branch closing.
Patrons should also check their receipts or their online accounts to confirm the due dates for materials checked out from the Sharon Forks Library. Materials currently checked out may be returned to the library’s branches at Cumming, Hampton Park, and Post Road. Materials checked out from the collection at Sharon Forks near the end of September will be due after the branch reopens.
“The library will reopen and resume normal operating hours at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 30 and we’ll look forward to welcoming our patrons back to the library. We truly appreciate their patience throughout this project and we can’t wait to celebrate a grand opening of the whole branch when renovations are complete in the spring,” says Gunter.
The library will continue to post progress updates on its website and social media accounts, as well as sending alerts to registered patrons via email and text message. For more information, please visit www.forsythpl.org.