Oldest library in Carlsbad celebrates grand reopening

CARLSBAD (KUSI) – A grand reopening celebration is scheduled Saturday for a library branch in Carlsbad that had been closed for renovations.

The event at the Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, will include a ceremony at 10 a.m., tours beginning at 10:30 a.m., live music and children’s activities.

"We appreciate the patience of our library patrons during the closure,” said city of Carlsbad Library & Cultural Arts Director Heather Pizzuto. "Community members are invited to come and explore the new spaces and amenities available at the Cole Library.”

Among the improvements in the 49-year-old building are enhanced technology, Wi-Fi connectivity and power access; improved accessibility; additional gathering, collaborative study and meeting spaces; a new Friends of the Library bookstore; new carpet and paint; a new elevator and a fire sprinkler system. The work started in September.

The city is in the midst of an $11 million program to modernize its libraries. Dove Library was closed for most of this week. It will reopen Monday with limited hours and services before shutting down in mid-April. Work on the Dove branch is scheduled to be completed in June, according to the city.

In addition to the Cole Library, the city’s Library Learning Center, located at 3368 Eureka Place across from Holiday Park, will be open during the construction period for the Dove Library. The center will have expanded hours, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Library online services and resources will also remain available during construction.

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