Proposed Southern Branch Library
October 19, 2017 - The Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Town of Carrboro Board of Alderman moved another step closer to building a southern branch library in Carrboro on Tuesday when both governing boards approved a Development Agreement during their respective meetings.
Last December, the board of commissioners authorized the county manager to negotiate a development agreement with Carrboro for a branch to be built on town-owned land. The Board previously appropriated $ 1,172,000 for the project and contemplates an additional $ 6,375,000 within the FY2018-19 and FY2019-20 capital budgeting cycles. These project funds address design, construction, equipment, furnishings, and library materials.
“The commissioners have pushed for a Southern Library branch for many years, and we are very excited to see this project taking shape,” said Mark Dorosin, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “We appreciate the leadership of Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen and look forward to seeing this library become a reality.”
Carrboro has also appropriated adequate funds for its portion of the costs.
“The Town of Carrboro is excited to enter into a development agreement with Orange County to begin the process of design and engineering of the Southern Branch of the Orange County Library," said Mayor Lavelle. "This has been an important issue for our community for many years, and we are pleased that we are moving forward with locating the library at our 203 South Greensboro site.”
The new facility will host a library as well as provide administrative office space for the Town of Carrboro.
The project is scheduled to open in fall 2019. For more information, contact the county manager's office at 919.245.2300.
June 27, 2017 - The Carrboro Board of Aldermen held a public hearing about the proposed construction. Here's an article about the comments from the public and the board.
June 20, 2017 - The Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted to look at a property for a new library in the southern portion of the county. A public hearing will be held Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Carrboro Town Hall. Read the articlefrom the Herald Sun.
Prior to June 20, 2017
During its Dec. 13, 2016 meeting, the Orange Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a non-binding Letter of Intent that authorizes the managers of the town and the county to begin negotiating a development agreement for the site at 203 South Greensboro Street. The Town of Carrboro Board of Alderman likewise approved the letter of intent during its meeting the same night.
Orange County has appropriated funds in its 2016-21 Capital Investment Plan. The schedule presented by the Town of Carrboro projects a March 2019 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"This project has been in the works for a long time, and it is great to see this moving forward," said Mark Dorosin, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners.
Why build a new library in Carrboro?
Any new branch built by Orange County would replace the Carrboro Branch Library, located in McDougle Middle School and the Cybrary, located in the Century Center in downtown Carrboro. The Carrboro Branch has been in place since 1995 and the Cybrary since 2004. Both facilities offer access to the library’s collections, public computers and wi-fi. However, neither facility enables residents to engage with the library via robust program offerings and service hours.
Note: The Chapel Hill Public Library is not part of the Orange County Public Library system. It is a service offered by the Town of Chapel Hill.
Please contact the Orange County Manager's office at 919.245.2300.
Historical background on the Southern Branch Library
Learn more about key planning efforts and Board of County Commissioner decisions related to the Southern Branch Library project that occurred between 2012 and 2015 here. For more information, you can read Library Task Forces.