New Orange County Southern Branch Library
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Monday, October 01, 2018 05:12 PM

There will be a new Orange County Southern Branch Library, to be located in Carrboro. Currently the project is dubbed: The 203 Project (as in 203 S. Greensboro Street, Carrboro). Current plans have the new library building also housing Carrboro’s parks and recreation offices, radio station WCOM and potentially the ArtsCenter. The architect chosen for the design is Perkins+Will Global. Architectural Record has ranked Perkins+Will number 2 on its list of Top 300 U.S. Architecture Firms for 2018.

The Southern Branch Library will replace the Carrboro Branch Library at McDougle Middle School and the Cybrary in the Carrboro Century Center. It will be a branch of the Orange County Library system, separate from the Chapel Hill Public Library, which is operated by the town of Chapel Hill.

The $21 million building is going to be three stories tall and about 45,000 square feet. Construction is about one year away. It will face South Greensboro Street and have a plaza entrance-way. The site will have room for about 120 parking spaces, some of which will be underground. After a public hearing, the currently favored design scheme is titled, The Commons. Carrboro and Orange County have agreed the library should be on one floor, so the library will be on the second floor.