West Ashley residents give ideas for new library

West Ashley residents give ideas for new library

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Staff from the Charleston County Public Library heard from West Ashley residents Thursday night about ideas for the new West Ashley branch.

Last year voters approved a referendum to build five new branch across the County.

The new West Ashley hub will be built off Bees Ferry Road near Sanders Road.

Folks who live in the area, and use the current St. Andrews Regional Library are excited about this process.

"I think this is going to be a fantastic library, because the planners and designers are interested in what we want, which is great," said Gail Firestone, who takes her grandchildren to the library every week. "They're not just throwing up a building and saying 'here it is, come and get it.' They're wanting us to help with everything that will be a part of it."

Many would like to see a family friendly environment with easy access for students and senior citizens.

They also feel technology and visual appearance needs to be at the forefront.

"People want quality libraries," said Doug Henderson, the Executive Director of the Charleston County Public Library. "They want the technology, they
want the flexible work study spaces, they want to be able to collaborate. They really want a place where they can come together and share information and maybe recreate that information."

"I mean they've gone into the aesthetics of what the outside should be like, how there should be artwork on the inside," Firestone said. "How it should reflect the Lowcountry feel."

The goal is to have the library built by 2018.

Staff will gather all of the ideas and send them to the architect for conceptual designs.

Those designs will then be presented to the community at a later date where the architects will once again ask for input.

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