The new Gloucester Library branch at Hayes probably won’t open to the public until after Labor Day, a bit later than officials originally anticipated, library director Diane Rebertus said Monday.
Part of the reason for the delay, Rebertus said, is that many school libraries and other public libraries seem to make improvements during the summer. This has resulted in it taking somewhat longer than anticipated for the local branch to receive its shelves and other needed equipment.
There have also been some minor delays in leasing the new quarters for a library branch at York River Crossing Shopping Center, Hayes; the space is being converted from its earlier uses as a medical office and a florist shop. Rebertus said that some punch list items still must be completed before the keys are turned over to the library.
At the present rate, Rebertus expects the new branch to be open by mid-September. A gala grand opening is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, at the new site.
Although the schedule is still fluid, Rebertus said she expects the present branch to close in late August, with patrons being given extended check-out periods for books and other materials so they won’t be due until the new branch reopens a few weeks later.