Cobb County Public Library System patrons will have three fewer locations to visit in the coming days, but in return will have expanded library facilities at two sites in September.
Closing for good next month will be the Acworth Library, which stands on Dallas Street next to Acworth City Hall; and the Kennesaw Library at 2250 Lewis St., southwest of North Main Street in Kennesaw. Both sites’ last day of operation will be Saturday, July 13.
Replacing the two libraries, which were built in the mid-1960s, will be the North Cobb Regional Library in Acworth at the intersection of Old Highway 41 and Blue Springs Road, directly across from North Cobb High School. This $8.6 million project is funded by voter-approved 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
Scheduled to open in September, the new 25,000-square-foot facility will include creative space, a community room, study rooms, dedicated children and teen areas, an outdoor plaza for children, state-of-the-art technology and a drive-up book return.
Prior to the Acworth and Kennesaw branches’ closures will be farewell celebrations at each, featuring brief remarks and displays of the libraries’ history. The event at Kennesaw Library will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 9, while the Acworth Library will host its event from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 11.
Items on hold at the Acworth and Kennesaw branches that are not picked up by July 13 will be sent to West Cobb Regional Library.
In Marietta, meanwhile, visitors to the Switzer Library have less than two weeks to check out the books on their summer reading list. Sunday, June 30, will be he branch’s last day before a two-month closure.
An “extensive renovation” of the library branch, according to county spokesperson Ross Cavitt, will eventually provide patrons with a new children’s programming room, an outdoor plaza adjacent to the children’s room with seating and a garden area, dedicated teen space, family computing space on the main floor and more.
On Tuesday, Cobb commissioners will consider a measure to set a nearly $6.9 million guaranteed maximum price for the renovations and expansions at Switzer. A supplemental agreement with Sandy Springs-based Albion Scaccia Enterprises includes nearly $5.7 million to cover all construction costs and project contingency in addition to the original contract amount of nearly $1.2 million that covered design, project fee and general conditions.
Funds for the work at Switzer are coming from the county’s 2011 and 2016 SPLOSTs.
Switzer will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 3, for limited services such as returns via book drop, held item pickups, a small number of public computers and small collections of adult, youth and media material for checkout.
Though it is scheduled to reopen, a celebration to say “farewell” to the Switzer Library that patrons have known for three decades will be held there from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.