October 17, 2022

Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) has announced that the Pickens County Library, which has undergone renovation and expansion since summer of 2021, is projected to reopen to the public in 2023. Although a projected December 2022 reopening of the building was previously announced in September, supply chain issues and lead times have caused a delay in the construction project’s original completion window. Operation of the temporary Pickens Grab & Go library location at West Church Street, as well as the Pickens County Library’s fall/winter event calendar and programming schedule, will continue unaffected by this delay.

“We share our community’s anticipation and excitement for the reopening of the new and improved Pickens County Library building”, says Angela Cortellino, Executive Director of SRLS. “We are sorry to announce a slight delay to 2023 for the completed renovation and expansion of our Pickens County Library. To ensure the new building can deliver the optimal library experience for the entire Pickens County community, the entire development team is continuing to work diligently on the completion of this project”.

During construction, Pickens County Library will continue to offer programming at Pickens County Recreation Department and other off-site locations this fall and winter. Upcoming events include weekly storytimes, a celebration of Native American heritage with Funk Heritage Center, monthly book club gatherings at Pendley Creek Brewing Company, and the annual Polar Express celebration featuring Santa Claus at Chattahoochee Tech this holiday season. Regular service hours and programming schedules at other SRLS locations in Cherokee and Gilmer Counties will not be affected by the Pickens County Library construction delay.

The Pickens County Library building, located at 100 Library Lane, is closed to the public while construction is underway. While the library is closed, a temporary, limited-service library location called “Pickens Grab & Go” is available inside the Mountain Education Charter High School building, located at 339 West Church Street. At Pickens Grab & Go, library patrons are able to check out and return materials, place and pick up library holds, request interlibrary loans, pay fines, and browse a selection of items from the library’s collection. Two express computer stations are available for users to access Wi-Fi, print, and make copies.

The Pickens County Library renovation and expansion project is being handled by Hogan Construction Group. To view the library system’s full programming schedule and register for events, visit CalendarWiz.com/SequoyahRegLib. Please continue to visit SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org/PCL-Project for updates and announcements about the construction project, as well as up-to-date service hours for the Pickens Grab & Go temporary service location.