Southern Site Updates
Eager to hear where conversations stand about a new library branch in Carrboro? Read on.
The Orange Board of County Commissioners moved forward during its Dec. 13, 2016 meeting with plans to build a new Southern Branch Library in the Town of Carrboro. The Board 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. However, neither facility enables residents to engage with the library via robust program offerings and service hours comparable to those available at the Main Library, located in downtown Hillsborough.
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.
We offer free, public programs for children, teens and adults. Check out our events calendar or connect with us online. No library card required!
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 historical information about the discussion, you can read results from county-led Library Task Forces.