Closing the Central library was only the first step of many on the road to having a new library.
Before we closed our doors, library administration moved to City Hall and staff started to move to the Central Express location.
As soon as we closed, staff finished moving and then started the huge job of moving 100,000 items out of the old building and into the temporary building.
Within a two week period, the books were taken off of shelves and put on huge carts the movers furnished.
The shelves were completely empty.
After using a location for more than 40 years it was like cleaning out Grandma’s attic!
The shelves were moved to the warehouse and then the books were moved and put back on the shelves. So in reality, we moved each item twice, which is like moving 200,000 items!
Library staff members from all departments and community volunteers helped with the organization of the warehouse. Thank you to all that helped for dedicating your time to this special project!
32 volunteers donated 217.5 hours of their time.
We moved more than just books! We also moved staff, supplies, furniture, and relocated computers. Now, East and Northeast have double the public computers available. The Genealogy Reference collection moved to Northeast.
Most of our collection went to the warehouse, but it is still available to check-out through requests. The newest materials are at our new service location, Central Express.
Like our other library branches, friendly staff are here to help you at Central Express!
Central Express also has a staff side of the building, where we order and process materials for the entire library system, along with housing staff offices.
Our furniture and other items we no longer had use for have found many different homes-branch libraries, city departments, public auction and donated to non-profits.
And lastly we have all turned in our keys!