The City of Lubbock is temporarily closing Godeke Library effective Wednesday, January 28th, to assess water damage and possible effects of water damage to the building. The City hired an expert to do an initial assessment of Godeke after an indoor air quality complaint. That initial assessment discovered a small amount of mold in two areas; behind a vinyl wall covering and in part of the ceiling. Godeke's temporary closure will allow for a complete check and remediation of the building.
Due to its closure, patrons will not be able to return items to Godeke. Patrons will need to return items previously checked out from Godeke to one of the other library locations.
The Lubbock City-County Library system is comprised of the Mahon Library (1306 9th Street) and three branches: Groves (5520 19th Street), Patterson (1836 Parkway Drive), and Godeke (6601 Quaker Avenue).
The library is named for Mrs. H.F. Godeke, who led a group of Lubbock citizens to appear before city and county officials, requesting the establishment of a public library in 1941. The effort was delayed, due to World War II. The Lubbock Public Library Association finally formed in 1946. Bonds were approved in 1947, and construction began in 1953. The first Lubbock Public Library opened on July 20, 1954, at 2001 19th Street. Appropriately enough, the Lubbock City Library issued the first card to Mrs. Godeke.
On March 16, 1974, the City of Lubbock dedicated the current Main Library as the George and Helen Mahon Library. The library was the first building built in the Civic Center complex. The City Council rededicated the former main library as the Godeke Branch Library.
In 1978, with the recognition of the critical need to establish a branch library in the southwest area of the city, the City of Lubbock made the decision to move the Godeke Branch Library to a brand new location at 6601 Quaker. The Lubbock City Council allocated funds for the project by and construction began in 1980. The new facility was the first step in establishing convenient neighborhood branch library service to the growing residential areas of Lubbock.
Source: City of Lubbock
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