Construction Begins for New Library in Shepherdstown
The multi-year effort to build a new facility for the Shepherdstown Public Library takes a big step forward with the October 30 ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at the new location adjacent to the Clarion Hotel property just outside of the Town boundary. Currently located in the historic market building at the center of the Shepherdstown, the Public Library is one of three facilities serving the entire county. The current library in Shepherdstown is by far the smallest of the three libraries — designated to serve 20,000 potential patrons, the current space is only 2000 square feet and is located in a building dating back to the early 1800s. The current public health restrictions have reduced the usability of the current structure even further.
At 12,000 square feet, the new facility will be accessible and designed to accommodate the interests and needs of library patrons of all ages. Library Board President Terrence Kramer describes the groundbreaking as “the culmination of a rich and engaged process of imagining a 21st century library for our Shepherdstown community.” Kinsley Construction will begin the site work this month, with Hoar Construction starting on the actual structure by the beginning of 2021. Opening is targeted for the fall of next year. The lower level of the new library will be dedicated to children’s services, with a separate young adult area and a media lab for all ages upstairs. There will be meeting rooms and event terrace for community events, and free parking.
For more information on the Shepherdstown library construction project and the ongoing fundraising effort, visit the library’s website.By Staff Contributor