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Temporary downtown library facility humming along

James Davis looks through the DVD collection at the temporary Dougherty County Public Library at 114 N. Jackson Street Thursday afternoon. The downtown branch at 300 Pine Ave. is under going a $5 million interior renovation and is scheduled to re-open this summer or fall.

James Davis looks through the DVD collection at the temporary Dougherty County Public Library at 114 N. Jackson Street Thursday afternoon. The downtown branch at 300 Pine Ave. is under going a $5 million interior renovation and is scheduled to re-open this summer or fall.

ALBANY, Ga. -- As major interior renovation work is set to begin soon at Dougherty County's Central Library branch, the library's temporary facility is humming with activity and has met the approval of patrons.

Located on North Jackson Street, literally across the street from the main facility, the temporary library contains some of the most popular books and periodicals and maintains more than 20 computer work stations.

"I like this place a lot," said patron Willie Ball, who was seated in a stuffed chair reading a magazine recently. "I come to the library a good bit and aside from this place being smaller, I can't tell a lot of difference between the two places."

The main library's renovations will cost $5 million and are being financed through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax VI money. Interim Library Director Mary Antoine says once started, the renovations should be completed in six to nine months.

"Traffic (at the temporary facility) has been very heavy," Antoine said. "The patrons seem to like it. They are not losing any services, and that was their major concern. Overall, we are pleased with the way things have turned out so far."

While limited resources are available at the temporary location, patrons may continue to request items from the system's other branches, Northwest and Tallulah Massey, or from an online catalog as well as from other PINES libraries.

"If a patron wants something that is not available here, we'll find it for them and have it available the next day," Antoine said.

"This place is very comfortable to me," patron James Johnson said while working at one of the computer stations. "I think they've done a great job of using the space that was available."

Antoine noted that the transition has been seamless and trouble free.

"We've not had any problems so far," she said. "We've not had to make any adjustments, and the whole process has been smooth so far."

The temporary facility's hours are the same as they were at the main facility: Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.