The newly renovated Kokomo-Howard County Main Library will reopen downtown on Aug. 22, library director Charles Joray announced Monday.
The public will get its first chance to tour the building, which was essentially gutted for the $3.4 million project, between 2 and 5 p.m. that Sunday.
A new central staircase, a children’s section framed by etched-glass paneling and an interior bathed in natural sunlight will greet visitors as they enter the updated building.
The library’s temporary location at Columbian School, 1234 N. Courtland Ave., will have a limited selection of audio-visual and print materials in stock after July 28, as library staff move back into the downtown building.
Access at Columbian after July 28 will be to the south portion of the Columbian gym only, through the southeast door on the Webster Street side, library officials said Monday.
Patrons may also return materials to Columbian, which will remain open to the public through Saturday, Aug. 21. Hours at all locations except the genealogy building on South Webster Street will remain 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
On Saturday, Aug. 7, (all day) through the morning hours of Aug. 9, all library locations will be closed to the public while computer servers are being moved. In addition, the library’s website will be down during this time period.
• Scott Smith is a Kokomo Tribune staff writer. He may be reached at 765-454-8569 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org