Friday, December 21, the SD&G County Library officially announced that Morrisburg will be getting a new library branch, and along with that announcement came news of the pending closure of the Williamsburg branch.
“The new library branch in Morrisburg will consolidate two library branches; the old Morrisburg branch, currently under the Morrisburg Arena, and the Williamsburg branch, currently in the Township of South Dundas Municipal Building in Williamsburg,” reads the release.
According to Erika Heesen, Communications and Marketing Librarian with the SD&G County Library, “The decision was mostly made because the township is planning to sell the building.”
With the coming changes, library patrons will have access to improved services.
“This consolidation will allow us to increase our open hours without increasing the cost to the taxpayers,” said Heesen.
The new branch, which will be the last part of the reconstruction of the former Morrisburg Collegiate Institute project, will be located in the space being vacated by the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic.
“We’re very excited to be able to enhance our services for South Dundas residents,” said Karen Franklin, Manager of Library Services. “The new Morrisburg branch will be a high quality facility that is a true community space for everyone.”
The new Morrisburg branch has been designed to the latest library standards by Heather C. Kembel, of Colbourne & Kembel, Architects Inc., who also recently designed the Yarker Branch Library in the County of Lennox and Addington.
The new branch will be open longer hours, and have enhanced programming and services for library users.
It will also include access to the Internet and public computers, as well as space for residents to browse, read, meet and engage with other members of the community.
The SD&G County Library will be applying for a Trillium grant to assist in covering the costs of new furnishings for the branch, and welcomes any community donations.
“This is a key part of our Strategic Plan”, said Bill McGimpsey, Library Board Chair. “We want to provide better facilities that will accommodate both current and future generations of library users.”
The library portion of the ongoing renovation project, will be the final part of the renovation, so the Williamsburg branch is expected to remain open until the new Morrisburg library is opened in about a year’s time.