Pickens Project Update
Our Pickens County Library in Jasper, located at 100 Library Lane, is currently closed to the public to prepare for an upcoming renovation and expansion of its facilities through 2021. Construction is projected to begin in June 2021. While the library is closed, a temporary, limited-service library location called “Pickens Grab & Go” is available inside the Mountain Education Charter High School building, located at 339 West Church Street. The Pickens Grab & Go location is currently open Sundays, 2pm-6pm, Mondays thru Thursdays, 10:30am-8pm, and Fridays thru Saturdays, 10:30am-5pm.
How long will this project take? What are the renovations and expansions for?
The Pickens County Library will be renovating and expanding its facilities through 2021. Construction is projected to begin in June 2021. The project, which is scheduled to last approximately 10-12 months, includes a renovation of the Pickens County Library building, originally built in 1996. The library’s current 10,800 square feet will be expanded and 8,200 square feet will be added.
With an expanded and renovated library facility, the Pickens 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 paying for these renovations and expansions?
Partial funding of $1,800,000 for this project is available from Pickens County’s SPLOST program. To fund the remaining portion, the Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) applied to the State for 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. The Capital Outlay Grant for the Pickens County Library’s renovation and expansion was approved for the fiscal year of 2021.
How can I access my library while construction is ongoing?
The Pickens County Library building closed to the public on May 17, 2021 and will be closed for the entirety of the construction. While the library is closed, a temporary, limited-service library location called “Pickens Grab & Go” is available inside the Mountain Education Charter High School building, located at 339 West Church Street. The Pickens Grab & Go location is currently open to the public during the following times…
The Pickens Grab & Go Location will be closed on the fourth weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month.
Sunday: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Monday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Free Wi-Fi will still be available in the parking lot of the Pickens County Library building until construction begins in June.
What will be at the Pickens Grab & Go location?
At Pickens Grab & Go, library patrons are able to check out and return materials, place and pick up library holds, request interlibrary loans, pay fines, and browse a selection of items from the library’s collection. Two express computer stations are available for users to access Wi-Fi, print, and make copies.
Where is the Pickens Grab & Go location? Is it near the Pickens County Library?
The Pickens Grab & Go temporary, limited-service library location is available inside the Mountain Education Charter High School building, located at 339 West Church Street. Mountain Education Charter High School is approximately four minutes away from the Pickens County Library building when driving. Click here to access directions from Pickens County Library to Mountain Education Charter High School.
Is the Pickens Grab & Go location my only option for visiting the library?
Your Pickens County 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 Pickens Grab & Go location, or at any of our neighboring libraries in Cherokee and Gilmer County. Pickens County Library residents are welcome to visit these locations, which offer the full range of library services they are accustomed to.
Can I still return my borrowed materials to Pickens County Library?
No. When the Pickens County Library closed on May 17, the outdoor book return box was closed as well. Pickens County Library patrons are encouraged to return their borrowed items at the Pickens Grab & Go location, or to return them at another Sequoyah Regional Library System location.
Any materials that were checked out from the Pickens County Library on or after May 3 have an extended due date of June 28. We’ve extended the due date for these items until June 28 so that our Pickens residents won’t have to worry about overdue fines during the transition period to the new Pickens Grab & Go location.
Which libraries are closest to the Pickens County Library?
Pickens residents may use their Pickens County Library card at any location within the Sequoyah Regional Library System. The nearest SRLS libraries to Pickens County are the Ball Ground Public Library at 435 Old Canton Road and the Gilmer County Library at 268 Calvin Jackson Drive in Ellijay.
Will the Pickens County Library still have programs and events during construction?
Library programming, such as storytimes and painting events, will continue and take place at Roper Park. To view the library’s full programming schedule and register for events, visit calendarwiz.com/sequoyahreglib
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, as well as information about the Pickens Grab & Go temporary service location. 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.
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