Building plans call for demolishing the current library at 104 Oak St., as well as the city-owned empty buildings at 118 and 120 Oak St., and replacing them with a new, 20,000-square-foot structure that includes a partial second story, outdoor courtyard, standalone community room and café. Several other temporary locations were explored, including vacant storefronts downtown and in surrounding areas, and Liberty High School, but the consensus was to move across the street for the cost savings.
The 1,200- to 1,300-square-foot location will accommodate a few computers, some books, a couple of sta members and programs, said Liz Fuller, a senior community library manager.
“We are pretty happy,” said Fuller, who noted some temporary library locations are smaller than Brentwood’s and accommodate only one sta member.
However, council members and Fuller are concerned about the operating hours. Plans are to keep the temporary location open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The library currently is open until 8 p.m., and also on Saturday.
The library typically uses the community center for some programs and events after hours and on the weekends, which could pose security concerns if hosted while the library is open, Leech said.
“It’s not a deal-breaker, but I think there is a lot of interest to have it open on Saturday,” said Council Member Steve Barr.
Leech said the city would continue to look for a compromise for the reduced operating hours. Possible solutions include barricading the library from other parts of the center and operating on Saturday mornings prior to scheduled events.