Liberty Branch Library close to closing book on construction

The holiday season is traditionally brimming with anticipation, but those awaiting the opening of the new Liberty Branch Library may have to wait just a little longer.

Delaware County District Library officials, who are now targeting an early-2023 grand opening, are as eager as prospective patrons to see the new library’s doors open.

“It’s very exciting and something to really look forward to,” said new DCDL Director Bryan Howard, who succeeded retired director George Needham earlier this fall. “I can’t wait to see the community in the building, using the facility.”

Branch manager Shari Bowers was hired to help bring the new library online this summer. She said she anticipates opportunities she and her staff should have to engage patrons, from quiet one-on-one encounters to children’s and other group programming that is to generate conversation, learning and even laughter, she said.

“So much is going to go on in that building,” Bowers said.

Howard acknowledged the extended construction timeline, causing a delay in the branch opening originally scheduled for late this year.

“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said, adding that the hope is for the library to hold a grand opening in the first quarter of 2023.

This photo shows the south side of the branch that faces Home Road.  An outdoor reading garden on this side connects to the business center within the library.  Visible on the left side is a drive-thru lane and window.

Jeffrey Sackenheim – director of architecture for SHP, Columbus, and the firm’s lead architect on the Liberty Branch Library project – said he expects the building to be ready for move-in in the coming days, after which the library is to begin putting materials on shelves and furniture and other materials in place.

“Given all of the volatility in the last 20 months across the globe in the construction market, including price escalation, supply-chain issues and labor shortages, our team has done a good job navigating those hurdles,” Sackenheim said.

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