LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - When Barnes and Noble moves to the South Plains Mall, the old location may not change much. NewsChannel 11 broke the story Tuesday that the current bookstore location on Slide and the South Loop will become the new Godeke Library location.
Yevette Hernandez visits the public library once or twice a week. "I come do homework here, and I don't have a computer at home right now so I come get online if I need to. My kids like to come and pick up some books to read," said Hernandez. However, ever since the Godeke Library closed in January because of mold, there is not a library near where she works.
"I know it's been frustrating for library patrons in Southwest Lubbock. It's been frustrating for us too," said Lubbock Mayor, Tom Martin. The city council hopes the new location will solve that problem.
"I think it's excellent locationwise. Southwest Lubbock is growing in that direction, and of course the South Plains Mall has lots of traffic there. The building is adequate. It's fairly new, lots of parking, and that is just an ideal spot," said Lubbock city councilman, Floyd Price.
Martin said Barnes and Noble agreed to leave most of their furniture and fixtures in the building, including bookshelves, which will help make the transition to the new library location a smooth one.
"That's really exciting. That gives us more options and more of a bookstore feel. More display shelving that your traditional library shelves, so we're looking forward to seeing what they have there and how it fits in our service plan," said Library Director, Jane Clausen.
Library patrons like Hernandez look forward to utilizing the new location. "I can probably use that one a lot of times instead of coming over here," she said.
The city hopes to move all the books to their new home by next year.
Martin expects to finalize the 5 year contract for the building this week. It will cost the city $227,700 per year, which the City Council says is within what they budgeted for the new library location.
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