Our Hickory Flat Public Library in Canton, located at 2740 East Cherokee Drive, will be closed to the public after November 26 to prepare for an upcoming renovation and expansion of its facilities in 2023. Construction is projected to begin in January 2023. 

How long will this project take? What can we expect from the renovation and expansion?

The Hickory Flat Public Library will be renovating and expanding its facilities in 2023. Construction is projected to begin in January 2023. The project, which is scheduled to last approximately twelve months, includes a renovation of the Hickory Flat Public Library building, originally built in 1993. The library’s current 10,000 sq. ft. will be expanded and 7,800 sq. ft. will be added. Hollandsworth Construction is leading the construction project.

With an expanded and renovated library facility, the Hickory Flat community will have more space for books and technology; larger areas for programs, meetings, collaboration, and creation; and additional seating for study and quiet reading.

How is the library funding the renovation and expansion?

The total construction contract for the Hickory Flat Renovation & Addition project is $6,754,039.00. Funding for this project is available from Cherokee County’s SPLOST program. Additional funding includes a $2,000,000 Capital Outlay Grant, administered by the Georgia Public Library Service. These grants are funded by the sale of bonds and must be approved by the state legislature.

How can I access my library while construction is ongoing?

The Hickory Flat Public Library building will be closed to the public, after service hours end November 26, for the entirety of the construction. Your Hickory Flat Public Library card can be used at any Sequoyah Regional Library System location. During the construction, you can still maintain library access by using your library card at the R.T. Jones Memorial Library location in Canton, or at any of our neighboring libraries in Cherokee, Pickens, and Gilmer Counties. Patrons of the Hickory Flat Public Library are encouraged to visit these locations, which offer the full range of library services they are accustomed to.

To prepare the building for closure, reservations to use the Hickory Flat Public Library’s Community Room will no longer be accepted. Free Wi-Fi will still be available in the parking lot of the Hickory Flat Public Library through December 23.

Can I still return my borrowed materials to Hickory Flat Public Library after November 26?

No. When the Hickory Flat Public Library closes on November 26, the outdoor book return box will be closed as well. Hickory Flat Public Library patrons are encouraged to return their borrowed items to another Sequoyah Regional Library System location.

Which libraries are closest to the Hickory Flat Public Library?

Hickory Flat community members may use their Hickory Flat Public Library card at any location within the Sequoyah Regional Library System. The nearest SRLS libraries to the Hickory Flat location are the R.T. Jones Memorial Library at 116 Brown Industrial Parkway in Canton and the Woodstock Public Library at 7735 Main Street.

Where will Hickory Flat Public Library staff be located during construction?

Staff members of the Hickory Flat Public Library will be working at other Sequoyah Regional Library System locations in Cherokee County for the duration of the construction project.

Will the Hickory Flat Public Library still have programs and events during construction?

Library programming, such as weekly storytimes and upcoming holiday events, will continue and take place at all other Sequoyah Regional Library System locations. To view the library’s full programming schedule and register for events, visit calendarwiz.com/sequoyahreglib

The Hickory Flat Public Library is the location I use to log into OverDrive/Libby. Can I still use these resources?
Services available via the SRLS e-Library, such as OverDrive and Libby, will not be affected by the Hickory Flat Public Library closure. You may continue to use your library card to check out eBooks and audiobooks from these services.
Where can I go to find more information or ask questions?

Please continue to check this page for updates and announcements about the construction project. Contact the library online or via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to ask questions and receive information about services and programming. Visit sequoyahregionallibrary.org to access up-to-date information about library hours and locations. For answers to additional questions, please contact SRLS Executive Director Angela Cortellino (angela@seqlib.org, 770-479-3090 Ext. 230).