Estimated Opening Date: May 2019

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Presentation: Baxter-Patrick James Island

Location Features

Adult, children and teen areas
An auditorium that can be divided into two meeting rooms (100-person capacity)
A meeting room/makerspace for do-it-yourself (DIY) projects (25-person capacity)
Small group study rooms
Outdoor areas
Learning Lab (Computer Instruction Room)

Project Timeline

Earthquake drains appear at new Baxter-Patrick James Island site

April 16, 2018

First stages of construction begin at new Baxter-Patrick James Island site

March 5, 2018

County, CCPL break ground at new Baxter-Patrick James Island site

December 15, 2017

A final cost estimate for Baxter-Patrick James Island has also been received, and a GMP contract between the County and MB Kahn has been executed. The final stage of design, construction documents, will begin later this month, and site work should start within the next three to four months.
County, CCPL break ground at new Baxter-Patrick James Island site

September 29, 2017

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) and Charleston County Government officials kicked off the construction of the Baxter-Patrick James Island Library during a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 29. The 20,000-square foot facility will be located on the corner of Nathaniel Drive and South Grimball Road on James Island.

In the News: Charleston County Public Library, government offcials break ground on Baxter-Patrick James Island Library
Final cost estimates approved on James Island

September 25, 2017

Final cost estimates have been approved for Baxter-Patrick James Island. The design team has now moved into the production of construction documents, the final stage of design.
County, CCPL review design development

July 12, 2017

The County, CCPL, and MB Kahn are reviewing the culmination of the design development for the new James Island branch. This substantial assessment takes one to two months to complete. Once the review is finalized and cost estimates approved, the team will move into construction documentation, which is the final stage of design. 
Development stage begins on James Island

April 4, 2017

The James Island design team has moved into the design development stage. County and CCPL staff were pleased with the design progress that was presented during a recent meeting with design team members. MB Kahn anticipates breaking ground on the new James Island branch in fall 2017.
Designs for James Island library unveiled in community meeting

March 6, 2017

Community members attended a public meeting March 6, during which architects presented designs for the new James Island branch. Following the presentation, attendees participated in a question and answer session with County, CCPL, and design and construction team representatives. 
Designers present design proposal to County, CCPL

January 11, 2017

The James Island design team presented a schematic design proposal to County and CCPL staff on January 11. An internal review of this proposal is almost complete, and CCPL plans to schedule a community meeting to discuss this location in March.
Design team ends year working on plans for James Island

December 5, 2016

The James Island replacement is in the midst of schematic design, and CCPL representatives met with the design team to review the proposed plan.