GAINESVILLE LIBRARY RENOVATION

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HCLS is thrilled to announce that the City of Gainesville has offered the Turner, Wood and Smith building located at 100 Brenau Avenue available as a temporary library location during the Central Library’s renovation.  The convenient location, directly across from the current library, should make the transition as simple as possible for patrons and staff.

Funds for the renovation and expansion come from local SPLOST and impact fees which will be supplemented by a $2 million grant from the state of Georgia. Project priorities include increased space for youth services, a large community room, and study room space. 

The library is so grateful to our legislative delegation for supporting our building grant, to the City of Gainesville for offering this wonderful space, and to the Hall County Commission for financially supporting this project. If you have the opportunity, please thank our officials for their support of libraries!

 

Legacy Wall at the new Gainesville Main BranchPlaques4

 

The Hall County Library Legacy Wall offers a unique opportunity to support the future of the Library while also recognizing, celebrating or commemorating an important person or persons in your life or in your community. Round metal plaques will be engraved with names and be mounted among others in a beautiful artistic display that will adorn the entryway of the new Library.

Your legacy plaque will become a permanent part of this important building. Gift levels start at just $100. If you are interested in making history and having your name on our Legacy Wall please call 770-532-3311, extension 134, or visit us at 100 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Our
LEGACY WALL
Donors

Gold

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Star

Kathy and Lamar Gailey

Silver

HallCo Community Credit Union
Jackson EMC
Rushton Accounting and Business Advisors

Patron

Lisa Countiss


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HALL COUNTY LIBRARY HQ RENOVATION PROJECT

Renovation Q & A

When will the library relocate? We are now open for business at 100 Brenau Avenue, just across from Scott's Downtown.

Where will the library move during the renovation? The City of Gainesville has offered the library access to the Turner, Wood and Smith Insurance building located at 100 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville for $1 per month. This is located directly next to the existing library, which we hope will make the transition easier for staff and patrons.

Will you be adding more space? We expect to add about 9,000 square feet of library space to the existing facility.

What about parking? We will not lose any parking due to the expansion.

Who is the contractor? Hall County has awarded the bid for Construction Manager at Risk to Scroggs and Grizzel of Gainesville. https://www.scroggsandgrizzel.com/

Will there be library services during construction? Yes, our Gainesville Library’s public services will be moving offsite, and our other four branches will be available for business as usual.

How long will the project take? We estimate 12-18 months.

How is the project being funded? $2+ million in local SPLOST and impact fees will be supplemented by a $2 million state construction grant. 

Who is the architect? The firm Brewster and Crocker out of Gainesville was selected in Fall 2017.

Will there be library programming at the temporary location? We plan continue to offer limited programming for all ages. However, some programs will be put on hold, held at other library branches, or held offsite during construction. 

Will there be a meeting room available? The temporary location will not give us enough room to offer community meeting space; however, all other library branches will continue to offer this service. We expect to re-open the Gainesville Library with a lovely and large community room.

What are the priorities? We plan to add a large meeting room for programs and community events, add study rooms, and increase the size of the youth services area. The building will also get an overall facelift.

 
  • Close old building Mid-March 
  • Open temporary building across the street Early-April.
  • Reopen newly renovated building Summer 2020.

The library collections will be making a trip across the street soon, but our genealogy department will travel to the North Hall Technology Center at 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville 30506.

 

Crocker and Orme revealed a design that would add around 10,000 square feet to the nearly 27,760-square-foot building. 

Crocker said the lower level would expand by 3,200 square feet. The level would be devoted mostly to children, offering spaces to different age groups. 

“It’s very functional, but very secure,” Orme said.

 

To increase the size of the upper level, Crocker and Orme proposed extending the floor over the current parking lot. This would transform the space into a covered parking lot and add around 6,000 square feet. 

The upper level would include adult collections, the genealogy department, study rooms, meeting spaces and more. 

Out of all of the changes to the building, Crocker said the most startling difference lies with its exterior.The new design displays a library surrounded with double-pane windows.