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Construction was expected to start at the Pickens County Library this summer, but supply chain issues that have impacted a wide range of sectors pushed the start date back several months. This photo was taken after the library was completed in 1996.

Supply chain delays library construction start

Grab & Go location

provides limited

library services

during interim

By Angela Reinhardt

Staff Writer

areinhardt@pickensprogress.com

            Renovations and expansion at the Pickens County Library have been delayed due to supply chain issues, with construction expected to start sometime late next month.

            The main branch has been closed since May of this year. Original plans were for construction to begin in June.

            “Members of the contractor’s project team and subcontractors have begun visiting the site regularly to complete preparatory tasks so that they will be ready to go as soon as the necessary construction materials arrive,” said Anita Summers, Sequoyah Regional Library system director. “I know everyone is looking forward to seeing some visible progress, but right now the progress is happening behind the scenes.”

            The project will include renovation of the library, which was constructed in 1996, as well as expansion of the building from 10,800 sq. ft. to around 19,000 sq. ft. The additional space will allow for more space for books, technology, meeting and collaboration rooms, seating, and other areas.

            “If there are no further disruptions in the supply chain, construction should take seven to eight months after mobilization begins,” Summers said.

            Funding for the project came in part from a state grant, and in part from local SPLOST funds.

            “Partial funding of $1.8 million for this project is available from Pickens County’s SPLOST program,” according to information on the library’s website. “To fund the remaining portion, the Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) applied to the state for a $2 million Capital Outlay Grant, administered by the Georgia Public Library Service. These grants are funded by the sale of bonds and must be approved by the state legislature. The Capital Outlay Grant for the Pickens County Library’s renovation and expansion was approved for the fiscal year of 2021.”

            A temporary “Grab & Go” location has been set up at 339 West Church Street, Jasper (in the building that also houses Mountain Education Charter High School). Patrons can check out books from a more limited collection, place and pick-up library holds, request interlibrary loans, pay fines, and also access the internet, print and make copies at two computer stations. WiFi access is also available.

            “Things are going well at the Grab & Go, we just want more people to know about it and to find it,” Summers said.

Grab & Go is at 339 West Church St., Jasper ( in the building that also houses Mountain Education Charter High School) and has  the following hours:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday: 10:30 a.m.  – 8 p.m.

Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

            (The Pickens Grab & Go Location will be closed on the fourth Saturday of each month.)

            Visit www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/pickens for the most up-to-date hours and updates on the Pickens County Library project.

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