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Richland County voters approve $59 million library bond referendum

Richland County voters overwhelmingly approved a $59 million bond referendum to increase the Richland Library budget for future renovations and repairs. Library employees and other referendum supporters watch the results come in Tuesday night at Thirsty Fellow. (photo by Allen Wallace) “This has been such an affirming process to go through. People were so kind,” said Melanie Huggins, executive director…

Richland Library employees urge support for bond referendum

Representatives from Richland Library spoke Thursday at the Richland Neighborhood Council meeting about the upcoming library bond referendum and what the funds would mean for improving the county’s library system. “The library is a gathering place,” library volunteer Jerry Jewler said. Melanie Huggins, executive director of Richland Library, said that when the library asked for a referendum in 1989, they…

Grand opening set for Richland Library Cooper on N. Trenholm Road

WHAT: Cooper Grand Opening Celebration WHEN: 10 a.m. – noon., Wednesday, July 19 WHERE: Richland Library Cooper 5317 North Trenholm Road Columbia, SC 29206 WHO: The event is free and open to the public. WHY: In November 2013, Richland County residents passed a $59 million bond referendum that will enhance library facilities over the course of the next few years….

Richland Library Northeast and Wheatley units temporarily closing for construction

In an effort to expedite construction and ensure safety, the Richland Library is temporarily closing two facilities. The Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road) and Wheatley location (931 Woodrow Street.) will close at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 1. Both libraries are expected to be closed 12-18 months. Because both properties are restricted, housing a temporary cottage at either site is prohibited. Therefore, customers…

Richland Library Ballentine Grand Opening Celebration is Tuesday

Experience the new Ballentine library from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tuesday (June 13.) Richland Library commemorates the completion of its new Ballentine location,  at 1200 Dutch Fork Road. The community is invited to take part in a grand opening celebration, which will include activities, music and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. with Richland Library staff and local officials….

Richland Library unveils entryway gallery with local art “Construction” exhibit

1/3Library gallery art Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Richland Library entryway Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Art gallery at the library Show Caption Hide Caption The renovations at Richland Library’s main location on Assembly St. have led to a newly reopened front door and a new sight greeting visitors. The library unveiled its new entryway gallery space Friday evening with an inaugural…

New Richland Library Sandhills opens, Sunday

After nearly 18 months of construction, Richland Library opened the doors to its new Sandhills location, Sunday. It’s a state-of-the-art, 30,000 sq.-ft. facility, at 763 Fashion Drive inside the Village at Sandhill. Art lessons were a part of the opening day festivities, Sunday (Marie Stover Photo.) The library offers improved access to new releases, triple the amount of computers and…

Richland Sandhills library to close in preparation for move

Richland Library Sandhills is entering a period of transition. The branch, at 1 Summit Parkway, is scheduled to close permanently at 6 p.m. Saturday, as staff prepare to move to a new library slated to open Feb. 4. The new branch will be a 30,000 square-foot facility, located at 763 Fashion Drive in the Village at Sandhill. The new branch…

North Main library reopens to public after extensive renovations

In November 2013, Richland County voters said “yes” to a $59 million bond referendum to pay for renovations and repairs for Richland Library branches. Saturday, they got a first look at how the money is being spent. The library’s North Main Street branch reopened to the public after extensive renovations, and Richland County Councilman Jim Manning said the building’s new…

North Main library gets $3 million makeover

(Photos provided by Richland Library) After nearly a year of construction, Richland Library North Main is prepared to reopen its doors, marking the first completed system-wide building project. Library staff members on Thursday will start unveiling the newly renovated and reconfigured location at 5306 North Main St., featuring enhanced spaces. A new networking center will allow library patrons to participate…

Renovation to give St. Andrews library digital, ‘techie’ feel

The St. Andrews branch of Richland Library is getting a much-needed makeover, more than 20 years after it opened on the Broad River Road corridor. Library officials unveiled plans for the branch to the public Monday night, which will include bright colors and a modern facade. Architect Angie Brose (left) explains design plans for the St. Andrews branch to a library staff…

Hammer time: Library renovation begins by tearing down some walls

The transformation of Richland Library’s Cooper branch is a bright spot for the Forest Acres community, which was devastated by floods that struck the area last October. On Thursday neighbors gathered to knock down some walls at the Cooper branch, the next step toward revitalizing an important community hub. Richland Library held a wall-breaking ceremony at the Trenholm Road location in…

Blythewood library renovation gets equestrian inspiration

  Architects working on Richland Library’s Blythewood branch are tapping into the communities equestrian tradition to redesign the building. “We’re nodding to the past,” said Angie Brose, project architect with Charleston-based Liollio Architecture. Richland Library unveiled plans Thursday night for the renovation that include contemporary furnishings and earth tone colors. The branch will be expanded by nearly 2,000 square feet…

Richland Library’s Cooper branch to close in February for renovations

Richland Library’s Cooper branch in Forest Acres will close next month. The library will begin its $2 million renovation, which will be paid for by the 2013 bond referendum. “Richland Library Cooper is quickly becoming the Forest Acres hub for arts, literacy and community events – as well as a neighborhood gathering space, equipped with the latest technology,” said Cooper…

Richland Library’s Cooper branch to get nearly $2 million makeover

  Renovation plans for the Cooper branch of Richland Library in Forest Acres were unveiled to the community Thursday evening. The location is getting a $1.84 million face-lift as part of the library’s bond referendum funding. “We’ve totally transformed the building,” said Michael Wenzinger, architect with The Boudreaux Group. “It’s got this great bookstore feel to it when you walk…

Photo Gallery: Richland Library kicks off construction on new North Main branch

And the walls came tumbling down. Richland Library celebrated the start of construction for its new North Main Branch Monday morning with a wallbreaking. Children from neighboring Arden Elementary School toppled over a faux brick wall, while library officials lined up to take a whack at the one of the library’s existing walls. “The children having access to library materials…

Richland School District Two, Richland Library unveil partnership to construct joint facility

Richland School District Two celebrated a new partnership with Richland Library that will combine a student learning center and a library into the one large building. Kevin Alberse, director of the Richland Two Institute of Innovation looks at the new R2i2 floor plan, which includes the library space addition. (photo provided) School and library officials gathered Thursday to unveil plans…

Richland Library unveils $15 million renovation of main branch

Richland Library officials unveiled the $15 million renovation plans for the main branch on Assembly Street, and they have set their sights on becoming the library of the future. A rendering of the new side entryway off Hampton Street (photo provided by The Boudreaux Group, Margaret Sullivan Studio, and Mcmillan Pazdan Smith) “We want this to be more than just…

Richland County Council stalls on partnership between county library and school district

A proposed partnership between the Richland Library and Richland School District Two to build a library at the district’s new student academic center was nearly deadlocked Monday after several Richland County Council members questioned the proposal. A rendering of Richland Two’s Institute of Innovation (photo by Kelly Petty) “It looks like we’ve got the cart before the horse right here,”…

Richland Library officials set sights on $3 million renovation of Cooper Branch in Forest Acres

Richland Library officials met Thursday with residents in Forest Acres for the first of several community meetings to talk about renovations at the Cooper Branch. The branch is one of seven that will get a major face-lift as part of the $59 million bond referendum passed during the 2013 election. Forest Acres residents listen to members of the project team…

Richland County election director apologizes for election errors

Richland County Election Director Howard Jackson told the Municipal Election Commission during a Tuesday morning meeting that the failure to count all absentee ballots won’t happen again. “I take full responsibility and I assure the public, this won’t happen again,” Jackson said. For the Nov. 5 election, 128 precincts were counted. The city of Columbia certified 29,660 votes but did…

Board reviews updated plans for Lexington Two school construction

In the past few days, Lexington School District Two officials broke ground in Cayce on the first of two new school facilities and received an update on the second facility and renovations to a district middle school. Lexington Two is building two new schools into which will be combined students from some of the district’s aging facilities. Funding for the…