ATLANTA (AP) — The Martin Luther King Jr Library Branch in Atlanta will temporarily close its doors to the public beginning February 6, 2024, for extensive renovations. The closure is part of the Fulton County Library System's ongoing efforts to enhance its facilities and services for the community.
During the closure, library patrons are encouraged to utilize nearby locations, including the Ponce de Leon Library and Central Library, which will remain open and fully operational. These alternative branches will provide a wide range of resources and services to ensure uninterrupted access to educational materials and programs. In addition to these nearby libraries, all patrons with materials on hold at the MLK Library, will be able to pick them up at the Mechanicsville Library, as an alternative.
To minimize any inconvenience caused by the closure, patrons can transfer their holds to other branches for pickup. The library staff will be available to assist with the transfer process and answer any questions patrons may have. Additionally, the library's online resources, including e-books, audiobooks, and digital databases, will remain accessible 24/7 through the library's website.
"We understand that the temporary closure may pose challenges for our valued patrons, but we are committed to providing alternative options and ensuring a seamless transition during this renovation period," said Library Executive Director, Gayle Holloman. "The improvements being made will create a more modern and welcoming space for our community to enjoy for years to come."
The renovations will be led by the Program Management team of CBRE Heery/Russell, a joint venture, with the Design/Build team Albion General Contractors and architects McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture and will include updates to the library's infrastructure, technology, and interior design, with a focus on creating a more comfortable and inclusive environment for all visitors. The project is expected to be completed within the next six months, and the library will reopen to the public as soon as renovations are finished.
For updates and additional information regarding the closure and renovation progress, patrons are encouraged to visit fulcolibrary.org or follow @fulcolibrary on social media.