PDT Staff Writer
The Northwest branch of the Portsmouth Public Library is in the process of moving into an expanded space within the same building it’s currently located in.
“It’s moving, just down the hallway. That building used to be called the Northwest Resource Center and owned by the Northwest Board of Education. During the summer, the building was sold to the Union Township Trustees,” said Paige Williams, Director of the Portsmouth Public Library. “When that building first opened in 2000, there were several different groups occupying the building. At the time, the library had one classroom in the building. Now, everything is gone except for the library.”
She said when Union Township took ownership of the building, they wanted the library to stay and offered an expanded space.
“There is a classroom at the very front of the building that is basically a double classroom. They told us we could move into that space. So, this week we closed the branch and are physically moving from the small room to the larger room,” Williams said, “In the next two to three weeks, we are planing a grand re-opening for the branch.”
She said the move should be completed by Monday, Nov. 5 with new hours of operation.
“We’ve changed our hours to be more consumer friendly. We will again offer evening hours. Previously, we were open two full days and two half days. Now we are going to be open three full days,” Williams said.
The hours will be, Mondays Noon – 8 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
“That is the most underused branch of all of our locations including the bookmobile. We are planing to add new materials to that collection within the next four weeks. We’re hoping with the new hours and the expanded room, more people will begin to take notice of what it has to offer,” Williams said. “One of the features of the branch includes high speed Internet. It’s at a speed that a lot of families can’t get out there because we are on fiber.”
The location of the Northwest branch is 13056 State Route 73, in McDermott.
“We look forward to serving the community at a more expanded location,” Williams said.
Other branches of the Portsmouth Public Library are located in Lucasville, New Boston, Northwest, South Webster, Wheelersburg with the main branch located in Portsmouth.
For more information call the Northwest branch of the Portsmouth Public Library at 740-372-8314.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or firstname.lastname@example.org.