Columbia community regains library after almost 50 years

Columbia community regains library after almost 50 years

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - History has been made, a Richland County community who lost their library for decades now has a new location to call home.

Richland Library held its grand opening of the Edgewood community branch. The new library is housed inside of an old Dollar General store at 2101 Oak Street. The library includes a children’s area, meeting spaces, a courtyard, make space and an oral history recording room.

The community lost its library about 50 years ago, according to community leaders, but now they say the location is poised to become a beacon for the area.

“When I realized that the Dollar General was not renewing their lease, I called the housing authority and I called the library and I said, ‘we don’t need another Dollar Tree or Dollar General in this neighborhood. We need books. We need internet access. We need computers, somewhere that can be a sense of pride for the community. And the housing authority board, the library board, and county council came together,” said State Representative Seth Rose who represents District 72, and was one of those who helped bring the library back.

“For it to come back, it's history and I couldn't be more proud to be a part of it. I couldn't be happier for this community. It’s so well deserving,” said Rose.

The cost for the library is estimated at more than 2 million dollars. The groundbreaking for the library was held in December of 2017, with the lease for the property receiving approval in June of 2016.

The hours of operation are: Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm, Friday-Saturday: 9am-6pm

For more information on the new library and the hours of operation can be found at https://www.richlandlibrary.com

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