The Helen Matthes Library will be closing its doors this Friday, and sometime in September Effingham’s new library will be open. Beginning August 3rd, until the new library opens, temporary library services will be offered at Effingham City Hall during during the week. The new facility, which will be known as the Effingham Public Library, is a 27,000 square foot building in the former Fifth Third Bank building in downtown Effingham.
We had the chance to tour the building Tuesday, as construction is wrapping up. Glass walls and dividers are currently being installed in the building. Outside of the building work is being done to the library’s parking lot. Final cleaning will begin next week, with a projected turnover date of August 5. The Library Board last week approved bids for furniture purchases, with some items expected to arrive next week. An exact open date has not been determined, but Library Director Amanda McKay said she anticipates the opening to occur in September.
The new facility is two stories, along with a basement. The first floor will include computer labs, fiction, genealogy, the circulation desk, and staff offices. On the second floor will be the teen section, children’s books, and non-fiction. In the basement there are rooms available for daily rental, a long-term rental room, a book sale room, and the staff break room.