SPOKANE, Wash. – Great news for the Spokane community! The Central Spokane County Public Library branch will reopen on Monday, July 11!
After closing in late February 2020, the project was slightly delayed due to the pandemic, as the space was used for a temporary homeless shelter and construction projects were put on hold. While the downtown location was closed, the branch moved into place of STA buses. Although it was an appropriate arrangement for a time, the small space and limited selection was remarkable.
But do not worry ! The newly renovated Central Branch, back in its old downtown home, has dramatically expanded the size and scope of the library, with an abundance of new services and community resources to boot! Where to start ?
If you thought a library was just a moldy graveyard for boring books, you’re in for a treat! While the second floor is dedicated to its catalog of books, there are three whole levels to explore.
While reimagining the space, an emphasis was placed on community, both how to foster a sense of self and offer services to enhance it. The first floor, previously largely inaccessible to the public, was opened up to provide event space with a combined capacity of 256 people.
Additionally, the nxʷyxʷyetkʷ (pronounced: inn-whi-whi-ettk, a Salish word meaning life in water) hall offers event space that can accommodate 300 people. Two conference rooms, two coworking spaces in the new business lab, five study rooms and a 34-person capacity studio were also added. Groups can come and organize seminars, quilting circles, book clubs, community meetings and more!
A computer lab with 66 stations, capable of faxing, printing and more, will be available, along with the Northwest Interior Special Collections, an archive of historical documents, artifacts and other materials from the region.
But wait, there’s more!
We’ll be counting down the days until the grand reopening, focusing on the biggest additions to the space. Check back tomorrow, July 7, for a first taste of what to expect!