The current Waldo Branch at 14257 Cole Street will be closing it's doors for good on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. after 23 years since it was first leased to the library by the City of Waldo. The new Waldo Branch at 15150 NE U.S. Highway 301 will open Saturday, June 8, starting with its new hours.
Any holds not picked up at the Waldo Branch by 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, and all items placed on hold or remaining on hold from May 28-June 7 will not begin to be made available until after the new Waldo Branch opens on June 8 at 10:30 a.m. No holds may be placed for items on the shelves at the new Waldo location until July, but you can still place a hold for items available at other locations in our catalog and designate them for pickup at the new Waldo Branch.
The Grand Opening for the new Waldo Branch will take place on Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. The new branch, reimagined by architect Paul Stresing Associates, Inc. and renovated by general contractor Hoffman Construction, will be housed in a former Dollar General Store and is approximately five times larger than the current location. With room to grow, the branch’s collection will expand from 6,500 to 10,000 materials, a 54 percent increase.
Patrons will be given new opportunities to participate, connect and discover with an ARTspace, community meeting space, and a Quiet Reading Room generously funded by the Friends of the Library, along with a commemorative statue. Youth will also have a Snuggle Up Center and Teen Space, generously funded by the Alachua County Library District Foundation. The preliminary cost for the expansion/renovation, including upgraded furnishings, is $814,000.
The new Waldo Branch includes:
- 15 more computers, 19 total.
- Two study rooms.
- 5,000 square feet of community library space.
- 3,100 square feet for Library District storage.