The Accomack County Public Library conducted two meetings to update the public on the progress of the new library. Greg Leukmire of RRMM, a company that specializes in designing libraries revealed the design of the new library. Leukmire said that the building will be approximately 20,000 square feet. The current library in Accomac is 12,000 square feet. Lukmire said the size of the structure is correlated with the size of the community and any other special needs. He said the design should not only accommodate the needs of the library but also be viable going forward.
The new library will feature an adult book area, a children’s area separate from the adults. It will also feature the Brooks Miles Barnes Archives Room and the Catherine Edmonds Eastern Shore room. The purpose of this section is not only to contain local archives and exibit displays but to also to allow space for donated items and books. Recently the library had to decline the offer of a substantial collection of historical material because there was no room to store or display it.
There will also be a Community Room which will allow seating of approximately 90 people and be available for meeting space.
Outside the new library will be a space for an outdoor classroom. It is anticipated this will accommodate school groups and others to be used in good weather.
The anticipated completion date for the library is late in 2019.
Meanwhile, in honor of our state holidays, Eastern Shore Public Libraries in Accomac, Cape Charles, Chincoteague, and Nassawadox will be closed on Friday, January 12 for Lee-Jackson Day and Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King Day. These libraries will be OPEN on Saturday, January 13 normal hours EXCEPT for the Accomac library which is closed for boiler replacement. Patrons are not accumulating library fines until the library is open. For additional information or to leave a message for Accomac staff, please call the Northampton Free Library at (757) 414-0010.