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New JMC Library North Branch to Open Tuesday

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.--The Jackson-Madison County Library will reopen its north branch on Tuesday in a brand new location.

Workers put the finishing touches on the new library on Monday. “Just pickin' up the loose, the things laying around that you know from the move that need to be picked up,” said Dinah Harris, director of the Jackson-Madison County Library.

The library’s north branch moved from North Highland Avenue to Stonebridge Boulevard. Harris said the new location gives them more space.

“We moved from a 2,500 square foot area to now a 4,850 square foot area, almost double,” said Harris.

The library will have an additional 15 wall units for book storage, two more computers, a larger room for programs, and plenty of parking. “We searched several places and it was all about the money and the space,” said Harris.

The new north branch sits in a shopping complex. Crews combined two suites to make the library. “There was quite a bit of renovation that had to occur,” said Harris.

Harris hopes the new location brings people to the library. “The library's about technology, literacy, and community,” she said.

The new north branch location opens its doors at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

County leaders said the new library will cost about an additional $2,000 per year.

The main library in downtown Jackson is also getting a renovation. Harris hopes to host open houses at the north branch and the downtown location sometime in October.