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James Island Library now closed ahead of opening at new, larger location
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) has closed the James Island branch at 1248 Camp Road in preparation for the opening of the new Baxter Patrick James Island Library. Staff and materials will be moved to the new branch before the expected November opening.
“We’re excited to bring this beautiful, brand-new and unique facility to James Island less than three miles away from the current branch,” said CCPL Executive Director Angela Craig. “We think the new Baxter-Patrick James Island Library will be an incredible resource for the entire community providing resources in literacy, educational success, workforce development and community engagement.”
CCPL is doing all that it can to ensure that James Island patrons still have convenient and easy access to library services. The CCPL Bookmobile will make regular stops at the current branch location on several Thursdays in October (Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Oct. 12 and 26 from noon to 2 p.m. At the bookmobile, patrons can check out and return items, as well as pick up holds. Any holds that were not picked up by the time the branch closed on Sept. 28, will be available for pick up at Main Branch, located at 68 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston. Patrons who kept materials after the closing can return their materials to the bookmobile during the operating hours (see above) or at another branch. If you have any questions, you may contact the Circulation staff at the Main Library at 843-805-6834.
The Baxter-Patrick James Island Library will be located at 1858 South Grimball Road, which is at the intersection of South Grimball Road and Nathanial Drive. The building is almost complete and features of the 20,000-square-foot facility include:
- 100-Seat Auditorium
- A study room
- Self-Check Kiosks and Automated Materials Handling
- Digital Media (Recording & Editing) Room
- Digital Preservation Equipment
- DJ Station with Turntables
- Creative Studios/Makerspace equipped with several tools including sewing machines, a Cricut, art materials and more
- Storytime Room
- Teen Lounge with Gaming Room
- Outdoor Reading Areas
- Cultural Path and Genealogy Corner
- Learning (Computer) Lab
This facility is the second of five new libraries to open after the passing of a 2014 $108.5 million referendum calling for new facilities and the renovation and update of the existing branches. The referendum was approved by 74 percent of Charleston County voters.
For more information about this new branch, including the latest construction images, please visit the CCPL Construction Updates page.