Starting this week, Durham County residents will be able to check out books and other items in a newly transformed Main Library, complete with a rooftop garden and children’s play areas.
After more than four years of renovations, the four-story building at 300 N. Roxboro St. will reopen to the public at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The library closed in January 2017 for an anticipated two-year remodeling. The reopening was pushed to April 2020, and then further delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, Library Director Tammy Baggett-Best said she looks forward to welcoming back the community.
“When we have a buzz of people in the building, children, adults, teenagers — I mean, that’s the day we’ve been waiting for,” she said.
The renovations added 33,000 square feet to the library, upping the total footage to almost 100,000 square feet. It includes:
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