As one chapter ends, another begins… After more than a year of construction, the new seven million dollar state of the art facilities are open to the public and with it, amnesty for any fines that are past due.
"If people have had books in the past that they didn't return on time and they had accumulated a fine that had kept them from using the library all will be forgiven. The only thing we won't forgive is if materials were checked out and never returned," said Bettye Forbus, Director of the Houston County libraries.
Another change to the library, books can now be renewed. In the past, renewals weren't allowed but now you can go online to renew a book or bring it in the library to check out again. To borrow books, your same library card will work but new cards are available.
"We are reregistering patrons because they're pretty and they're new but the main advantage is they also have a keychain and card attached," said Forbus.
Both libraries have free wifi as well as laptops and computers for use inside. Within the next few months, tablets will also be available.
"You check them out for an hour at a time if you're in good standing meaning you don't have any overdue books or materials. You're guaranteed an hour and if no one is using them you may use them a second hour," said Forbus.
Both libraries have a children's area, outdoor patio space and the downtown building has a local history room.
The libraries are open as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10AM-8PM
Wednesday, Friday: 10AM-6PM