Otranto Road Regional closed August 6th and will remain closed for three months while the branch is being renovated.
Similar to last year's closing of St. Andrews Regional, the branch's interior will get a new fresh look before it reopens to the public on November 13th. During the closure, the branch's bookdrop will remain open as a convenience for neighborhood residents.
Fresh paint, new carpeting, refinished wood cabinets, reupholstered chairs and new computer work stations are all part of the renovation work planned. In addition to improving the actual facility, four additional public computer terminals will be added to help meet the growing need for computer use.
Other renovation work includes putting new wall surfaces in the auditorium, renovating the staff work area with new cabinets and floors and adding new countertops and sinks in the public restrooms.
Berkeley County Library has extended an opportunity for Charleston County Public Library patrons who use the Otranto Road Regional Library to have free check out privileges from their libraries. This agreement begins immediately and extends through the end of November 2007.Thanks to our friends at Berkeley County Library for this gesture of cooperation and friendship.
The branch, at 2261 Otranto Road, opened in 1992 as part of a voter-approved library expansion program that approved construction of four new Regional Libraries and a new Main Library. It has approximately 14,000 square feet with an auditorium and small conference space.
The branch celebrated its 15th birthday in March.
In Fiscal Year 2007, the branch drew more than 186,000 user visits and hosted more than 220 programs attended by 10,336 patrons. Nearly 313,000 items were circulated with a collection of nearly 93,000 volumes.
With the regular wear and tear that comes through years of public use, Charleston County approved a renovation plan for the Regional Libraries. This is the third of the four Regionals to go through a complete renovation. The Mount Pleasant Regional Branch was renovated three years ago, and St. Andrews Regional was renovated in 2006.