By Doug Reynolds for The Island Connection
The second of five new Charleston County libraries planned after a $108.5 million referendum passed in 2014 has opened its doors. A ribboncutting ceremony was held Nov. 2 for the Baxter-Patrick James Island Library, located at 1858 South Grimball Road.
The referendum called for new facilities and the renovation and update of the existing branches.
The Wando Mount Pleasant Library has been open since June.
“This facility offers the public access to the latest library resources, services and technology while providing features unique to the surrounding James Island community, its history and its culture,” said Executive Director Angela Craig. “We’re excited to share this beautiful new library with Charleston County residents.”
Construction of the 20,000 squarefoot facility began in September 2017.
- A 100-seat auditorium;
- A study room;
- Self-check kiosks and automated materials handling;
- A digital media lab;
- Digital preservation equipment;
- A DJ station with turntables;
- Creative studios/makerspace equipped with tools including sewing machines, a Cricut, art materials and more;
- A story time room;
- A teen lounge with a gaming area;
- Outdoor reading areas;
- A cultural path and genealogy corner;
- A computer lab.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured the dedication of portraits of longtime James Island educators Nan C. Baxter and Anna Smalls Patrick. The new library and the elementary school that formerly occupied the library site were named for Baxter and Patrick, honoring the impact they had on the surrounding community.
For more information about the James Island library branch and updates on the construction of the other facilities, visit ccpl.org/construction.