Richland Library Northeast reopens doors after 15 months of reconstruction
It’s been almost 15 months since the Richland Library in Northeast Columbia began construction to remodel the facility. Finally, the library reopened its doors Friday, welcoming the community to take a look at the newly-designed facility.
The structure is about 16,000 sq.-ft. and is located at 749 Parklane Road. Some of the new and enhanced library spaces include developments that were not available prior to the remodeling:
Guests can now learn about culinary techniques, regional and international cuisine, and nutrition in the Teaching Kitchen space. There is also a Career Coaching Center, where coaches will sit down with those interested in assistance with resumes, job applications, career assessment or interview strategies. A new children’s area boasts of a “cozy story room” where children can play and learn. There are also meeting spaces, a pick-up window, and a patio.
One percent of the construction budget was used towards a community-driven public art piece by Clark Ellefson. Highlighting the library’s proximity to the International Corridor, the artist created a map of the world that wraps around the corner of the building.
All library upgrades are part of the more than $4 million project planned for the Northeast location, made possible by Richland County residents with the passage of a $59 million bond referendum back in 2013.
Building updates and project renderings at any of the Richland Library locations can be found at www.buildingyourlibrary.com