Let’s dig into the major details of these proposed changes, and how you can get involved in the input process.
A hub and what?
The library system’s current model is “hub-and-spoke,” meaning that the majority of the County’s services are available at downtown Asheville’s Pack Memorial Library, while a collection of smaller, surrounding branches provide more basic services for Buncombe residents.
In contrast, the proposed regional branch model would transition library services to a more evenly distributed, larger + comprehensive network of branches. This move would help the county save on operating costs, and would also improve the overall accessibility of the library system, especially for the 34% of residents who report that lack of parking is what keeps them from using the library.
The plan’s major recs
- Relocating the Pack Memorial library to a new 65,000 sq ft building in downtown Asheville, and using the space for administrative + technical services, free parking, and potentially affordable housing units.
- The creation of 2 new 20,000 sq ft regional branches in Weaverville and between Black Mountain + Swannanoa.
- The creation of 3 additional vending or locker locations to increase accessibility of library materials.
- The expansion of the Skyland/South Buncombe, West Asheville, and Enka Candler libraries to at least 20,000 sq ft.
- The closure of the Oakley/South Asheville, Black Mountain, and Swannanoa libraries.
Share your input
- Wed., Sept. 15, 12-1 p.m. (bilingual version)
- Mon., Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Thurs., Sept. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.