Fayette County

Northside library branch closing

Friday is the last day that Lexington residents will be able to browse the stacks or check out books at the Lexington Public Library's current Northside Branch.

Northside will close its doors for the last time at 5 p.m. Friday. Two weeks later, the new Northside Branch will open at 11 a.m. Sept. 12.

The current and new Northside libraries are next to each other on Russell Cave Road.

Overdue fees won't be charged on books that are due while the library is closed, said Doug Tattershall, library spokesman.

Book drops will be available for patrons who want to return their books, he said. "If they want to hold on to the books until the opening of the new library, they can do that."

Library staff will be packing books and computers at the old branch and arranging them at the new branch while the library is closed, Tattershall said.

At roughly 11,000 square feet, Northside was the largest branch library in Lexington when it opened in 1984. It is now the second-smallest branch; only the Village Branch is smaller.

The new Northside will be the largest branch library in Lexington. It is more than 27,000 square feet and cost $7.7 million to build.