J. L. Robertson Branch to Close Month of January 2016

(Pineville, LA) The Rapides Parish Library’s J. L. Robertson Branch, located at 809 Tioga High School Road will close Thursday, December 31, 2015 and is expected to remain closed through the month of January. The closure is necessary to complete the final construction phase of the new addition to the building. This time is also being used to organize and install new shelving, new equipment, and placement of furnishings in anticipation of reopening in early February.

“We’ve been fortunate that we were able to provide service during most of the construction,” says Mariann Strange, Branch Manager at Robertson.  “Now that the end is in sight, we really need this time to make sure everything is in working order before reopening to the public.” The Robertson Branch began construction in mid-July and has only had a few closures during the various phases of construction.  “Our customers have been very patient and have watched the transformation taking place right along with us. We’re all excited to see the final results!”

The Robertson Branch building, constructed in 1982, will double its square footage from 3,200 to 6,400 once the renovations are complete. The expanded areas include an enlarged children’s area, which includes two study rooms that provide excellent distraction-free spaces for students and tutors or small study groups. The expansion allows more seating in the reading areas; more space for books and more communal space in book areas; additional computer stations; a meeting room; restroom improvements; enhanced office space and a convenient drive-through area. The parking lot will increase in size from 21 spaces to 44 parking spaces and more handicapped accessible spaces.  “Once complete, we will be able to provide an even broader range of services and resources to our community.” says Strange.

For more information regarding the closure of the Robertson Branch, please contact Lenna Mouton, Direct Services Coordinator at 318-445-2411 ext. 1002 or by email: lenna@rpl.org