Council to discuss Barnes and Noble location for Godeke Library - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Council to discuss Barnes and Noble location for Godeke Library

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 has learned details about a new location for Godeke Library. The library was closed abruptly in late January due to the discovery of mold.

Finding a home for the tens of thousands of books in the Godeke Library is a priority for the Lubbock City Council. They have looked at several options over the months, including mold remediation of the building at 6601 Quaker and even several commercial locations to lease.

NewsChannel 11 has learned plans are in the works for the city to rent some soon to be empty commercial space. Negotiations are still going on but tentatively the city is looking to rent the Barnes and Noble location at South Loop and Slide.

Friends of the Library President Gretchen Scott says it's been a long and frustrating 10 months since Godeke doors closed and she couldn't imagine a better location for the 4th library branch. "It's a beautiful building and obviously set up for books. I think it'd be so nice and the city council have done a great job of finding the location if that's where it turns out to be," says Scott.

Scott adds that the parking and location in Southwest Lubbock right off the Loop would be convenient for readers.

The city is hoping to convince Barnes and Noble to leave the bookshelves in place as that business relocates down the street to the South Plains Mall. According to the mall's website the new Barnes and Noble is set to open November 4th.

As for the library, nothing is final until council approves it and a contract is signed. The issue comes before city council in a closed session on Thursday.

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Godeke could have new location soon

NewsChannel 11 learned of new developments Monday on the Godeke library situation. Godeke was shut down abruptly in late January because of mold.

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