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 the addition of Sunday hours. It also features enhanced spaces, which include:

Children’s Area: Inspire lifelong learning; get your kids ready for kindergarten; or build reading muscles in our new Children’s Area. Explore our cozy story room and tinkering space.

Makerspace: Tinker, experiment and create with tools in both guided and open lab sessions.

Meeting Spaces: Learn, create and share in these flexible spaces that support community collaboration, small group discussions and more.

Studio: Draw, paint, sculpt and more in guided studio art instruction and open lab sessions.

Courtyards: Step outside and enjoy the fresh air without ever leaving the library.

Pick-Up Window: In a hurry? Pick up your holds without ever getting out of your car.

Reading Room: Step away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy the serenity of our new reading refuge.

Auditorium: Engage with your friends and neighbors in our 250 seat auditorium, perfect for community programs and events.

Thanks to a partnership with Richland School District Two, the shared facility – which houses R2i2 – also boasts a large common area and WiFi that library customers can access.
The upgrades are part of a more than $10 million project that was planned for the Sandhills location, made possible by Richland County residents with the passage of a $59 million bond referendum back in 2013.

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